Interim UFC lightweight champion Justin Gaethje is convinced he could be the first fighter to end Khabib Nurmagomedov’s unbeaten record at UFC 254
In a recent interview with TMZ Sports, Gaethje admitted that he expects Nurmagomedov to be highly motivated when they clash at UFC 254 on Saturday following the death of his father, Abdulmanap.
« Well I mean right now this man is going to be very hard to beat, » he said « With his father passing away you know for people like us that’s a driving factor and motivating He will be 100% motivated «
However, the 31-year-old won’t let fueled Nurmagodemov dismantle him and insisted he wouldn’t have the mindset Tony Ferguson had about the undisputed lightweight champion
« But I think like Tony [Ferguson] believed I couldn’t beat him, » the interim champion stressed. « And that’s the last thing you want to think about when you fight, especially with someone as dangerous as me. I have to hit him, I have to do damage »
« He’s never taken any damage done The way he talks about it, he doesn’t want any damage done If he hits eight clean hits, I really believe he’ll understand he doesn’t want to take this damage, so he doesn’t need to be here, ”Gaethje continued
Justin Gaethje is convinced he has the tools to stop Khabib Nurmagomedov Pictured: Justin Gaethje watches during his fight with Eddie Alvarez during UFC 218 at Little Caesars Arena on December 2, 2018, in Detroit, Michigan Photo: Gregory Shamus / Getty Images
Nurmagomedov, on the other hand, also referred to Ferguson In a recent conversation with the ‘Real Quick with Mike Swick’ podcast, the 32-year-old predicted that Gaethje would implement the same strategy as he used against Ferguson
“For this fight I think he’s going to use a lot of footwork, jab, stay away from me,” Nurmagomedov said of Gaethje’s game plan. “Same as Tony Ferguson because Tony Ferguson also likes the pressure I think that with me it will be the same but one thing has changed – I am not Tony Ferguson «
For Nurmagomedov, Gaethje could be beaten at any cost as he vows to give his all in the fight
« I’m not going to stay with him [Gaethje] » he said « I’m going to give him everything I have in my MMA skill Like the punches, the kicks, the pressure , the fight, bring it down, give it some ground and pound You have to be ready for anything «
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