Undefeated UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov informed reporters Thursday that UFC President Dana White has one thing “particular” lined up for him if he defeats Justin Gaethje at UFC 254 on Sat., Oct. 24.
“Dana informed me after this battle, he has one thing particular for me,” Khabib stated, per Damon Martin of MMA Combating. “However I informed him, please preserve this, after the battle we’re going to speak. He says has very massive issues after this battle for me. We’ll see.”
Aaron Bronsteter of TSN offered video of Khabib’s feedback:
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— Aaron Bronsteter (@aaronbronsteter) October 1, 2020
Khabib was requested about his “future motivating components” ought to he beat Gaethje. The champion has laid waste to his division, to the purpose of the place no obvious contenders can be left to face him if he reigns victorious in a couple of weeks.
“It’s an excellent query, actually—an excellent query,” Nurmagomedov stated when requested, per Nolan King of MMA Junkie:
“I don’t know. I don’t know. You already know, for instance, I’m going to complete Justin Gaethje contained in the cage Oct. 24 however what else? It is an excellent query. We’ll see. You already know, I like the competitors. I like competing with the very best fighters on the planet. That’s why I’m right here. I’m not within the UFC to become profitable. I have a variety of enterprise initiatives outdoors the UFC. I can become profitable. It’s a very good query—an excellent query.”
Martin speculated as to what White’s plans could also be.
“One opponent that Nurmagomedov has talked about quite a few instances that might function a dream battle is a showdown with former two-division UFC champion Georges St-Pierre. It stays to be seen if that’s a possibility the UFC will discover. One other identify that consistently comes up for Nurmagomedov, whether or not he likes it or not, is a rematch with [ex-featherweight and lightweight champion], whom he defeated by submission in a heated grudge match in 2018.”
Khabib is at present UFC’s No. 2 pound-for-pound fighter behind solely Jon Jones.
He’s 28-0 lifetime with eight knockouts and 10 wins by submission. All 10 of his resolution wins have been unanimous.