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I’m a UFC legend who fought Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier – but no one hit me harder than ‘The Highlight’

I’m a UFC legend who fought Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier – but no one hit me harder than ‘The Highlight’

Khabib Nurmagomedov states Justin Gaethje ‘hit like a truck’ and more difficult than any challenger he ever dealt with in his UFC profession.

‘The Eagle’ bailed out of mixed martial arts with a best 29-0 record after sending Gaethje in 2 rounds to merge the light-weight belts on Fight Island in October 2020.

Khabib insists 'The Highlight' hit him harder than any other opponent in his career


Khabib firmly insists ‘The Highlight’ struck him more difficult than any other challenger in his professionCredit: Getty

Nurmagomedov had actually currently successfully cleared out the absolute best in the light-weight department, having actually choked out Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier in his previous 2 battles.

Although fans were gutted he never ever combated Tony Ferguson, he never ever avoided an obstacle and dealt with a few of the most significant punchers ever seen in the 155lbs department.

Despite conquering McGregor’s deadly left hand and Poirier’s furious flurries, the 35-year-old has actually consistently insisted it was Gaethje who struck him more difficult than anybody else.

“This guy [Justin Gaethje] hit like a truck,” Nurmagomedov stated to Mike Tyson on his podcast in August 2021.


Poirier has fleeting moments of success and nothing more against the Russian


Poirier has short lived minutes of success and absolutely nothing more versus the RussianCredit: Getty
Khabib and McGregor faced off in October 2018 for the UFC lightweight title


Khabib and McGregor took on in October 2018 for the UFC light-weight titleCredit: Getty Images – Getty

“Nobody hit me harder than Justin Gaethje. His kick, his punch, his left hook, right hook, right uppercut.

“I make him hit me, you know. When I go to the cage and I was sitting like, ‘Okay, I’m going to go, I’m going to bring him into the deep ocean.

Heartwarming footage shows Khabib Nurmagomedov picking Dustin Poirier up off the floor following loss to his protégé Islam Makhachev who choked Poirier out

”I’m going to make him tired in stand-up and I’m going to bring him on the ground and complete him.”

Two years later on, the Russian battle legend called Gaethje as his hardest-hitting challenger once again and likewise discussed how he broke ‘The Highlight’

Khabib is still happily retried but fans are calling for a comeback


Khabib is still gladly retried however fans are requiring a returnCredit: Getty

Nurmagomedov informed Patrick Bet-David in August 2023: “He strikes like a truck, however it was something that broke him.

“When he struck me, I remember it was an ideal uppercut and left hook. It was his finest shot and I informed him, ‘Brother, is this everything you have?’

“I like Justin Gaethje and I was talking with him. After this mix, I informed him, ‘This is everything you have.’ And at the end of the preliminary, he began to burn out.

“I informed him, ‘This is jetlag because you came to Abu Dhabi one week before the fight. I am here one month.’

“I know where I was after one week because it is desert, and you have to be there at least a couple of weeks before the fight.

“Inside the cage, I told him, ‘Brother, you have jetlag.’”


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