Habib Nurmagomedov and Justin Gaethje respected each other for UFC 254, but everything changed on the night of the fight.
According to UFC President Dana White, Nurmagomedov began talking to Gaethje during the fight, suffering from jet lag in the “highlights” and said it ended when the fight began.
“When I was with him last night, Habib was telling me this, and I didn’t know this, maybe you knew this, but he and Gaethje were during the fight “Everything I was talking to,” White said during the UFC Fight Island seven post-war press conference (h / t MMA Fighting Damon Martin). “He told me last night that he had never been hit or kicked harder in battle than Gaethje.
“Gaethje hit him with a few shots, but he thought it was a little weird, so he pointed to him and said,” there’s jet lag “during the fight. Gaethje said, “No, I won’t,” he said, hitting him with an uppercut and a left hook.
“Habib said something to him again, and he kicked him with his foot,” White said. “Then, when Habib took him down and was on him, he said,’What are you going to do now?'”
The battle ended shortly thereafter, and Nurmagomedov submitted a triangle choke in the second round to maintain his lightweight title.
Habib also exchanged words with Conor McGregor and Michael Johnson, beating the two men from the top position, but White was unable to have any conversation with Gaethje due to the enthusiastic pace of the contest. I’m surprised at that.
“He tells me everything the two were talking about during the fight,” White said. “First of all, the fight didn’t last that long. I don’t know how they have so many conversations!”
Habib announced his retirement in a post-match interview, but White believes he can persuade the former UFC lightweight champion to return to his 30th professional fight. You may face the winner of Poie McGregor II in UFC257.
– MMA Sports
Dana White reveals that Habib was talking to Gaethje during the title battle at UFC 254
https://www.bloodyelbow.com/2021/1/19/22239119/ufc-254-mma-news-interview-dana-white-khabib-nurmagomedov-justin-gaethje-fight Dana White reveals that Habib was talking to Gaethje during the title battle at UFC 254