Nurmagomedov made his third defense of the UFC lightweight belt, defeating Justin Gaethje. The fight between Nurmagomedov and Gaethje led the UFC 254 tournament on “Fight Island” in Abu Dhabi (UAE).
After the fight, Nurmagomedov said that this was his last fight in his career. “Today I want to say that this is my last fight. The only thing I want is the first place regardless of the weight category. I deserve it. 29-0, not a single defeat. I want to say thank you to the management of the promotion, thank you all very much, ”said the UFC lightweight champion.
When the UFC called about the fight with Justin, I talked to my mother for three days. I promised that this would be my last fight. She didn’t want me to fight without my father. You all have parents. Take care of them. I only have my mom left. I want to spend more time with her.
— UFC (@ufc) October 24, 2020
The native of Dagestan has 29 victories in 29 fights according to the rules of mixed martial arts. Nurmagomedov came out on top among the reigning champions of the UFC in terms of the number of victories in a row in the promotion. Khabib won the title in 2018 by defeating American Al Iaquinta. Then the Russian mixed fighter defeated the Irishman, Conor McGregor, to defend the title. The 32-year-old Russian has already fought in Abu Dhabi – in his previous fight, Khabib defeated Dustin Poirier by submission in the third round.
Justin Gaethje won 22 victories and three defeats in 25 matches. The American won the interim UFC lightweight belt in May this year when he replaced Nurmagomedov in a fight against Tony Ferguson. The Russian, in the midst of the pandemic, could not fly to the United States to participate in this fight. As a result, Gaethje interrupted Ferguson’s unbeaten streak, ending the fight by TKO in round 5. Before that, Justin managed to earn a reputation as one of the most spectacular fighters in the organization, turning every fight with his participation into a bloody and uncompromising chop. After two consecutive knockout defeats against Eddie Alvarez and Dustin Poirier, 31-year-old Gaethje rebooted his career by changing his fighting style to be more calculating, but no less aggressive.