Justin Gaethje backtracks on promise to attempt to ‘KILL’ Khabib Nurmagomedov as he plots KNOCKOUT at UFC 254 — RT Sport Information
UFC interim champ Justin Gaethje has rejected speech from lightweight king Khabib Nurmagomedov, who will be invincible before his fight next month, predicting that his confidence and lack of fear of defeat will give him a shock victory.
The Russian champions will be active again for the first time in more than 13 months when the two meet on October 24th. Gaethje has claimed he is the superior athlete and man while talking about his chances of becoming the first fighter to beat Nurmagomedov.
Gaethje said the air of respect between the two was not a result of helping Nurmagomedov while doing weight for a fight in 2016, adding that their meetings outside of the octagon gave “The Highlight” no psychological benefit .
“I will try to kill him, just as he will try to kill me”, Gaethje began before quickly admitting: “I shouldn’t use this sentence.
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“I’ll try to get him into submission. I want him to stop. Anyone can go to sleep – he’s a fool if he doesn’t think he can go to sleep.”
Nurmagomedov had remembered the help Gaethje had given him in 2016 when he stepped in to help him out of the bathroom during his weight loss before turning off Darrell Horcher.
“I remember helping him out of the bathtub,” said Gaethje, downplaying the connection between the rivals for the undisputed title.
“It didn’t mean anything at the time. He wasn’t in a bad place. I happened to be there because we had the same manager [Ali Abdelaziz]. It was really nothing more than that. “
Gaethje was the underdog prior to his surprise win over Tony Ferguson at UFC 249 in May, and the American admitted some uncertainty about what he would do differently than Nurmagomedov’s 28 previous victims as he tried to complete an even bigger shock.
“He fought a lot of different guys,” he said. “My confidence is probably my biggest factor right now, coupled with the strength I have and the coach I have [Trevor Wittman]. It’s a dangerous combination.
“I don’t care if I win or lose as long as I make my family happy and proud of my performance.”
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He predicted that Nurmagomedov would lose to him and fight former two-weight UFC champion Georges St-Pierre, and turned down Conor McGregor’s speech, who provided his own subsequent opponent before shedding his wrath at the welterweight Colby Covington.
“I don’t even want to talk about this guy,” he cooked, accusing Covington of personality change when the cameras started rolling during their joint participation in an election rally recently held by US President Donald Trump.
“I’m done there. I sang his praises for being so professional [at the rally] and how he held up. Then he did a few more interviews and I probably despised this man more than anyone on planet earth.
“He’s a coward. He’s the wrong person. As a man, I’d like to punch him right in the face.”