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Khabib Nurmagomedov reveals Justin Gaethje ‘hit like a truck’ and was hardest puncher UFC legend confronted in his final struggle

JUSTIN GAETHJE was essentially the most highly effective fighter Khabib Nurmagomedov confronted in UFC, the Russian famous person has revealed.

Khabib, 32, give up MMA after beating the American in October of final 12 months – efficiently defending his light-weight world title for a 3rd time.


Khabib Nurmagomedov earned a submission victory over Justin GaethjeCredit: Getty

Though the struggle was over through a technical submission within the second spherical, the legend has detailed how his recreation plan modified within the Octagon as a result of Gaethje’s punching and kicking power.

He advised Mike Tyson’s Hotboxin’ podcast: “This man, he hit like a truck.

“No person hit me more durable than Justin Gaethje – his kick, his punch, left hook, proper hook, proper uppercut…

“However I made him hit me.

“Once I went to the cage I used to be like, ‘I will go and produce him to the deep ocean, I will make him drained whereas standing and produce him to the bottom and end him there’.

“He’s an excellent wrestler and originally of the struggle I knew he would not let me wrestle him.”

The showdown was Khabib’s first and solely struggle after the loss of life of his father, Abdulmanap, from coronavirus in July 2020.

And the UFC champion outlined how that issue weighed closely on his thoughts through the struggle.

I bought him into an arm bar and thought, ‘Perhaps he is locked up and I will break his arm in entrance of his dad and mom’.

Khabib Nurmagomedov

He continued: “I bought by means of his punches and kicks and with every little thing that occurred to my father, I at all times thought: ‘Nothing to lose’.

“My coach advised me, ‘Take heed to the sport plan, take him down’. However I did not take heed to every little thing he stated as a result of I used to be very emotional.”

Khabib retired with a 29-0 file following the victory, which got here after he put Gaethje in a triangle choke on the ground.

Nevertheless it might have been a way more ugly finish to the struggle and the Russian admitted to pulling out of an arm bar transfer on his opponent, in order that he didn’t break Gaethje’s arm in entrance of his dad and mom.

Khabib recalled: “I met his dad and mom three days earlier than the struggle and I knew they had been going to be there.


“I do know he is very powerful and by no means provides up. I bought him into an arm bar and thought, ‘Perhaps he is locked up and I will break his arm in entrance of his dad and mom’.

“And I transitioned to the triangle choke. You understand how once you choke individuals, if they do not faucet they sleep.

“That is significantly better than for those who break your opponent’s arm.”

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