“With the Passing of His Father” – Justin Gaethje Reveals Why He Lost to Khabib Nurmagomedov Ahead of UFC 274

Published 05/04/2022, 11:30 AM EDT
ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – OCTOBER 25: (L-R) Khabib Nurmagomedov of Russia kicks Justin Gaethje in their lightweight title bout during the UFC 254 event on October 25, 2020 on UFC Fight Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Mixed Martial Arts is a sport full of emotions. The thrill and the excitement of MMA are what attract fans to the sport. MMA fans love to see a fight that is full of thrill and action. They love a violent fight. When speaking of violent and exciting fights, one can’t help but mention the name Justin Gaethje. Recently on a podcast, Gaethje spoke about why he felt he lost to Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 254.

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During an interview with Yahoo Sports, ‘The Highlight’ said, “The crazy thing is there are so many factors from that experience that are not here. I mean if you are a creature of habit, you are so f***** going to Abu Dhabi. The water wasn’t the same, the food wasn’t the same, the time wasn’t the same…Also you know your why is everything and Khabib’s why that night with the passing of his father, with him having the knowledge that it was going to be his last fight, you know, larger than life was his why.” 

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Justin Gaethje bounced back from his loss against Khabib Nurmagomedov by fighting and winning against Michael Chandler at UFC 268  in a massively enjoyed fight by the fans. Since then, MMA fans are eager for the return of ‘The Highlight’ and at UFC 274, they will get to see him back in action.

A glimpse into Justin Gaethje vs Charles Oliveira at UFC 274

Since his victory against Michael Chandler, fans were excited to know against whom Justin Gaethje would fight next. Finally, after a lot of speculation, Gaethje’s next opponent was announced.

At UFC 274, which will take place at the Footprint Center in Phoenix, Arizona, Justin Gaethje is all set to challenge Charles Oliveira for his UFC Lightweight Championship of the world.

DETROIT, MI – DECEMBER 02: (L-R) Justin Gaethje punches Eddie Alvarez in their lightweight bout during the UFC 218 event inside Little Caesars Arena on December 02, 2017 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Justin Gaethje is coming into this fight with four wins from his last five fights. In his last five fights, Gaethje has notable wins over the likes of Edson Barboza, Donald Cerrone, Tony Ferguson, and Michael Chandler. His only loss comes from his fight against the undefeated Khabib Nurmagomedov.

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Charles Oliveira, on the other hand, is on a 10-fight winning streak since his loss to Paul Felder. ‘Do Bronx’ has had some notable wins over the likes of Kevin Lee, Tony Ferguson, and Michael Chandler, whom he beat to win the UFC Lightweight Championship. Having defended his title against Dustin Poirier once, Oliveira will look to make it two straight title defenses when he faces Justin Gaethje at UFC 274.

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Regardless of whom you are rooting for, the contest between Gaethje and Oliveira is going to be exciting for the fans to watch. Many fans also suggest that this fight may be a potential fight of the year candidate.

Let us know who you think is going to steal the victory when Oliveira and Gaethje clash in the octagon.

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Varun Bhat

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Varun Anand Bhat is an MMA writer at EssentiallySports. Not only does he train in MMA but he is also a certified judge, which gives him valuable insight while writing content. The fight between Conor Mcgregor & Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205 was responsible for making him interested in the sport of MMA.

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