The rivalry between former two-division UFC champion Conor McGregor and lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov has spanned years. It got personal and included their entire camps. The storied rivalry included McGregor’s dolly-throwing incident at UFC 223 in New York. Following their UFC 229 title bout in October 2018, chaos ensued inside the cage that spilled over into the crowd at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. https://youtu.be/KS5a8javxiQ On Saturday, McGregor put those differences aside after Nurmagomedov announced his retirement following his second-round submission win over Justin Gaethje in the UFC 254 main event. McGregor tweeted, “Good performance @TeamKhabib. I will carry on. Respect and condolences on your father again also. To you and family. Sincerely, The McGregors” TRENDING > Fighters react to Khabib Nurmagomedov retirement following UFC 254 Good performance @TeamKhabib. I will carry on. Respect and condolences on your father again also. To you and family. Yours sincerely, The McGregors.— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) October 24, 2020 There will be no rematch between the two. On Saturday, the rivalry ended with Nurmagomedov’s fighting career.
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Khabib Nurmagomedov choked out Justin Gaethje in the second round at UFC 254 to improve to 29-0 for his career. He then announced it was his last fight.
Dana White says that if Khabib Nurmagomedov defeats Justin Gaethje at UFC 254, he will not only be the greatest lightweight fighter in history, but Khabib will surpass Jon Jones as the pound for pound best MMA fighter in the world. UFC 254: Khabib vs. Gaethje takes place on Saturday, Oct. 24, on Fight Island in Abu Dhabi. NOTE: UFC 254 has a special Main Card start time of 2 pm ET / 11 am PT with the Prelims beginning at 11 am ET / 8 am PT. (Video courtesy of UFC) UFC 254: Khabib vs. Gaethje Live Results from Fight Island Trending Video > Khabib Nurmagomedov responds to being compared to Mike Tyson and Muhammad Ali (Subscribe to MMAWeekly.com on YouTube)
Khabib Nurmagomedov and Justin Gaethje face off in a clash of styles for the UFC lightweight title. Can Gaethje’s power beat Nurmagomedov’s skill?
Michael Chandler will step in either Khabib Nurmagomedov or Justin Gaethje can’t fight in Saturday’s main event at UFC 254.
While many sports leagues are struggling through a 2020 struck by the coronavirus pandemic, the UFC continues to trend upward. UFC president Dana White has consistently said that this is going to be the promotion’s best year yet. He is now saying that UFC 254: Khabib vs. Gaethje is trending to be the promotion’s biggest single event yet. “Do I think (UFC 254) is going to do over 2 million (pay-per-view buys)? I have no idea, but I can tell you this, the data is telling us it will,” White said at a recent scrum on Fight Island. UFC 254 features undefeated lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov looking to unify his belt with that of interim titleholder Justin Gaethje. The interim title was created when Khabib was unable to compete at UFC 249 in May, the promotion’s first event after a nearly global shutdown. With Khabib at home in Russia and unable to compete at UFC 249, Gaethje stepped in to face Tony Ferguson for the interim designation. He won, but refused to put on the belt and call himself the champ until he beats Khabib. Gaethje will get that opportunity on Fight Island on Saturday. Evidently, sports fans around the world want to find out if he can do it. White insists the data indicates that fans are going to watch in record numbers. He added that UFC 254 has already generated more than 23 billion impressions worldwide; a good indicator that interest actually is at record levels. It’s a trend that White and the UFC have seen follow since they restarted the professional sports world back in May. “Since the pandemic started, you would have never dreamed we’d have pulled the numbers we have on the other pay-per-views with the fights that we had. Everything is trending (up) for us right now. Other sports are going (down) with their ratings, our ratings continue to go up,” said White. “It’s weird because this whole pandemic thing has been really good for the sport. If you look at the numbers that we’ve continued to pull and the stars that we’ve already started to build through the pandemic, it’s pretty fascinating. “It’s been an incredible run. It’s been fun. And we’ll see how this thing plays out and what’s in store for 2021.” One thing that White and everyone else hopes for is a safe return for fans to live events. The UFC and others have operated primarily without audiences in attendance. White has indicated that he doesn’t want to have fans in attendance until he can do it full strength, but only time will tell if and when that happens. TRENDING > Khabib Nurmagomedov responds to being compared to Mike Tyson and Muhammad Ali | UFC 254 Related Video > Dana White says UFC 254 generating record numbers, looking forward to the day fans return (Subscribe to MMAWeekly.com on YouTube)
Could Khabib Nurmagomedov become the GOAT of all of combat sports? Khabib responds to being compared to Mike Tyson and Muhammad Ali at the UFC 254 press conference. Khabib squares off in a lightweight championship unification bout at UFC 254 with Justin Gathje. UFC 254: Khabib vs. Gaethje takes place on Saturday, Oct. 24, on Fight Island in Abu Dhabi. NOTE: UFC 254 has a special Main Card start time of 2 pm ET / 11 am PT with the Prelims beginning at 10:30 am ET / 7:30 am PT. (Subscribe to MMAWeekly.com on YouTube) TRENDING > Watch the emotional tribute to Khabib and his deceased father Related Video > Khabib Nurmagomedov and Justin Gaethje face-off ahead of UFC 254 on the beach (Subscribe to MMAWeekly.com on YouTube)
The UFC lightweight champion’s attitude is increasingly rare, but it’s one that has led him to the pinnacle of his sport, and his father has a lot to do with that.
Bella Mir, whose father is Bellator heavyweight and former UFC champion Frank Mir, makes her MMA debut on Thursday in Mexico in a fight in the Ikon Fighting Federation.
Former Bellator champion and new UFC signee Michael Chandler inked a deal to be a back-up to the UFC 254 main event showdown between lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov and interim titleholder Justin Gaethje. That wasn’t the original plan, however. Chandler was originally looking to book a fight with fellow top contender Tony “El Cucuy” Ferguson and fight at UFC 254. The two of them would then be on hand as a back-up if either main eventer fell out. That bout didn’t come together, but Chandler was still enlisted to travel to UFC Fight Island in Abu Dhabi to prepare as if he were fighting, make weight, and be ready to step in if anything happened to either main event fighter. The odds of that are unlikely, so it isn’t surprising if Chandler looks ahead to whom he believes will be his first opponent in the Octagon. Not surprisingly, he still thinks it might be Ferguson. Khabib and Gaethje are slated to fight at UFC 254 and Dustin Poirier is expected to rematch Conor McGregor at UFC 257 in January. That leaves Chandler vs. Ferguson as the likely candidate. For his part, Chandler believes it is the perfect way to introduce himself to UFC fans and fighters, as he believes El Cucuy is the scariest match-up the UFC lightweight division has to offer. (Subscribe to MMAWeekly.com on YouTube) TRENDING > Watch the emotional tribute to Khabib and his deceased father Trending Video > UFC Fight Island 6: Brian Ortega vs Korean Zombie Recap (Subscribe to MMAWeekly.com on YouTube)