Before his fight at UFC 254 against Justin Gaethje, Khabib Nurmagomedov feels that he has already faced a tougher challenger who only depend on their striking ability.
Khabib Nurmagomedov feels that Conor McGregor is a way better fighter than Justin Gaethje. According to him :
“I kind of agree that Gaethje is a very good fighter. If he was bad he would not have fought for the belt. Is he better standing than Conor? I think no. My fighting IQ tells me that Conor is better standing than Gaethje.“
Khabib Nurmagomedov faces Conor McGregor at UFC 229 in Las Vegas and beat him by 4th Round submission and defend his UFC lightweight title. Nurmagomedov then beat Dustin Poirier on UFC 242 in Abu Dhabi. Khabib’s MMA Record is now 28-0.
Khabib was planned to face Tony Ferguson at UFC 249, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, He can’t leave Russia. that’s why on ufc 249 at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena, Tony Ferguson fought against Justin Gaethje where the interim UFC lightweight title in the line.
Justin Gaethje wins interim lightweight title via fifth-round TKO and his MMA record now 22-2.
Justin Gaethje‘s knockout percentage is slightly better than Conor McGregor, as he picked up a total of 19 KO in his 24 fights compared to 19 KO in 26 fights for Conor McGregor.
No MMA fighters in UFC history have ever been able to put Khabib in pressure also Khabib never lose a single round during all of his fighting careers. On the Other hand, Gaethje lost to Poirier. And a matter of fact that Khabib already beat him in UFC 242.
Those Critical deciding factors make Khabib Nurmagomedov the most favorite before entering the octagon at UFC 254, but Khabib Nurmagomedov not fight a single match after UFC 242 and also his recent tragic loss of his father perhaps Justin Gaethje will have a slight mental advantage when they meet at ufc 254.