The undefeated black belt in judo, two time combat sambo world champion and Ufc Lw champ Khabib Nurmagomedov entered this fight with a perfect mma record of 28-0-0 (64% finishing rate) and he is ranked as the No.1 lightweight in the world. In his last three bouts he has won over Al Iaquinta (Khabib Nurmagomedov vs Al Iaquinta), Conor McGregor (Khabib Nurmagomedov vs Conor McGregor) and Dustin Poirier (Khabib Nurmagomedov vs Dustin Poirier). After the fight with McGregor, Khabib was suspended for nine months because, following his victory over the Irishman, he jumped the cage and charged toward McGregor’s cornerman Dillon Danis, who provoked Nurmagomedov with trash talk from outside the cage and then a brawl broke out between the two teams.
His opponent, the former Wsof Lw and current interim Ufc Lw champ Justin Gaethje, has an official record of 22-2-0 (91% finishing rate) and he entered as the No.2 in the same weight class. He lost two consecutive bouts between 2017 and 2018, against Eddie Alvarez (Eddie Alvarez vs Justin Gaethje) and Dustin Poirier (4-stars fight, Dustin Poirier vs Justin Gaethje), but then he has won four fights defeating Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone (Donald Cerrone vs Justin Gaethje) and Tony Ferguson in his last two (Tony Ferguson vs Justin Gaethje); in this last bout Ferguson was expected to face Khabib but the Russian had to pull out due to travel restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Gaethje vs Khabib, main event of the Ufc 254, is valid for the UFC lightweight title. Watch the video and rate this fight!