Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Justin Gaethje was everything fans had hoped it could be.
The two fighters met in a lightweight title bout on Saturday (October 24, 2020) at the UFC 254 pay-per-view event from the Flash Forum on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi aka Fight Island.
Khabib came out and was firing on all cylinders. While he did get tagged a few times in the first round, he pushed forward and got a late-round takedown. Khabib got a takedown in the second round and locked in a triangle choke for the win.
Khabib announced his retirement from the sport of MMA.
Peep the highlights of the fight courtesy of the UFC’s official Twitter account:
In his previous fight, Nurmagomedov tapped Dustin Poirier at the UFC 242 pay-per-view event in September 2019. This fight at UFC 242 came after Khabib inked a new UFC contract. Khabib defeated Conor McGregor via fourth-round submission by way of neck crank back in October at the UFC 229 pay-per-view event. It marked Khabib’s latest bout to take place inside of the Octagon as he had been away.
Before this fight, Gaethje picked up a TKO win over Tony Ferguson at UFC 249. Heading into that fight, he had scored a TKO win over Donald Cerrone at the UFC Vancouver event from Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. This came after he scored a first-round knockout win over Edson Barboza in a lightweight bout that served as the UFC Philadelphia headliner and when Gaethje was able to pick up the first-round KO win over James Vick in the main event of UFC Lincoln in Lincoln, Nebraska.
UFC 254 Results: Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Justin Gaethje, Robert Whittaker vs. Jared Cannonier
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