WOW! Khabib Nurmagomedov Reveals His Weight on the Night He Fought Justin Gaethje at UFC 254

Published 02/20/2021, 7:12 AM EST
ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – OCTOBER 25: Khabib Nurmagomedov of Russia celebrates his victory over 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)


UFC lightweight champion, Khabib Nurmagomedov, spoke to ‘Bald Predator’ on YouTube and did a deep dive into his last fight. ‘The Eagle’ defended his gold strap against Justin Gaethje at UFC 254 in Abu Dhabi before announcing his retirement. Nurmagomedov submitted the interim champion via Triangle choke in Round 2 and definitively etched his 29th professional career victory.

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Despite the dominant win, Khabib Nurmagomedov’s road to the cage in Abu Dhabi’s Flash Forum wasn’t an easy one. Following the emphatic submission victory, it emerged that Nurmagomedov fought with a broken foot and came into the bout on the back of several ailments. Chiefly, this news went on to further elevate his stock as he managed to come out on top over a prime Gaethje.

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Khabib Nurmagomedov details his weight cut before UFC 254

The compromised foot wasn’t the only liability that the Russian champion came into prior to the bout. Nurmagomedov candidly spoke out on his weight cut that fortunately turned out to be the sole reason he could perform well. Given his other health concerns, a botched weight cut would have meant the fight might not have happened.

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – OCTOBER 25: (R-L) Justin Gaethje kicks Khabib Nurmagomedov of Russia 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)

“I just went in there and that’s it. My weight cutting was good, one of the best. The best was in another fight. This one was also difficult but one of the bests and I have recovered very good. I’ve gained about 10 kg. At the weigh-ins I was 70 kg and for the fight day I was almost 80 kgs… I felt very good.”

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In the past, Khabib Nurmagomedov has had trouble cutting weight, and this was evident through his early UFC run. However, as he fit into his role as a champion, ‘The Eagle’ began to streamline certain aspects of his training and preparation. It’s unclear whether the weight gain significantly improved his performance, however, the results speak for themselves.

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – OCTOBER 25: (R-L) Khabib Nurmagomedov of Russia takes down 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)

The 29-0 P4P great has etched a legacy that is set in stone. Additionally, a massive gap has been between himself and his competition. He’s set to retire from the sport and make his mark, attempting to bring more Russian talent to the forefront.

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Darryl Pinto

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Darryl Pinto is a senior MMA writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his graduate degree in Mass Media (with a specialization in Journalism) out of Xavier’s College and has a year's experience in his current role. Darryl specializes in predictions, reporting, and covering UFC events live.

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