UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov raises his belt in Makhachkala, Russia in 2018. Photo: AFP UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov raises his belt in Makhachkala, Russia in 2018. Photo: AFP
UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov raises his belt in Makhachkala, Russia in 2018. Photo: AFP
Andrew McNicol
Opinion

Opinion

The Takedown by Andrew McNicol

UFC: Justin Gaethje has no chance against Khabib Nurmagomedov, so stop dreaming

  • Dagestan-born and bred Khabib’s Sambo wrestling is far too strong despite Gaethje’s impressive collegiate credentials
  • MMA mathematics, while not always reliable, suggest the lightweight title unification bout will end the same as all Khabib fights

UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov raises his belt in Makhachkala, Russia in 2018. Photo: AFP UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov raises his belt in Makhachkala, Russia in 2018. Photo: AFP
UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov raises his belt in Makhachkala, Russia in 2018. Photo: AFP
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Andrew McNicol

Andrew McNicol

Andrew McNicol is a sports writer with a particular interest in football, rugby and mixed martial arts. He also enjoys covering local athletes and niche sports in the region. He has a master's degree in Media and Communications Governance from the London School of Economics and Political Science.