Justin Gaethje warned Khabib Nurmagomedov he solely desires his UFC title after discarding his personal interim belt on the weigh in on Wednesday.
The 2 greatest lightweights on the planet will collide at UFC 254 this Saturday night time on Struggle Island in Abu Dhabi, with unique protection LIVE on talkSPORT from 7pm!
Khabib was set to defend his title towards long-term rival Tony Ferguson in Brooklyn again in April, however the outbreak of COVID-19 noticed the occasion scrapped.
As an alternative, Gaethje stepped in and confronted ‘El Cucuy’ at UFC 249 in Could and battered the 36-year-old right into a state of submission to say the interim title.
After instantly ditching the belt as soon as it was positioned on his waist by Dana White, ‘The Spotlight’ informed Joe Rogan he would slightly ‘look ahead to the true one’ and his sentiments haven’t modified.
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Following a press convention on the seaside on Struggle Island, the 2 males obtained the prospect to measurement one another up earlier than posing for photographers.
Throughout proceedings, a disgusted Gaethje gave his interim title again and as a substitute glared on the one adorned on Khabib’s shoulder with a longing look.
He pointed at Khabib and stated: “That’s the one I need.”
Gaethje’s confidence is admirable contemplating the magnitude of the duty introduced to him by the Russian, who has by no means even misplaced a spherical on his method to amassing 28 victories in skilled MMA.
However the American has gained 9 bonuses from his seven UFC fights and at all times brings a component of chaos and violence to his fights.
And the added technical touches of esteemed coach Trevor Wittman have honed his uncooked energy and ferocity to create what could be Khabib’s hardest problem.
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