Khabib Nurmagomedov and Justin Gaethje face off during the UFC 254 weigh-in on October 23, 2020 on UFC Fight Island in Abu Dhabi. Photos: Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC Khabib Nurmagomedov and Justin Gaethje face off during the UFC 254 weigh-in on October 23, 2020 on UFC Fight Island in Abu Dhabi. Photos: Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC
Khabib Nurmagomedov and Justin Gaethje face off during the UFC 254 weigh-in on October 23, 2020 on UFC Fight Island in Abu Dhabi. Photos: Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC
Andrew Whitelaw
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The Takedown by Andrew Whitelaw

UFC 254: Khabib can set himself up for shot at ‘GOAT’ status with win over Justin Gaethje

  • ‘If he beats Justin he’s the No 1 pound-for-pound fighter in the world and he’s on his way to GOAT status,’ says UFC boss Dana White
  • Victory would set Nurmagomedov up for run at 30-0 and a potential retirement fight with Georges St-Pierre – and there’s a beautiful symmetry to that

Khabib Nurmagomedov and Justin Gaethje face off during the UFC 254 weigh-in on October 23, 2020 on UFC Fight Island in Abu Dhabi. Photos: Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC Khabib Nurmagomedov and Justin Gaethje face off during the UFC 254 weigh-in on October 23, 2020 on UFC Fight Island in Abu Dhabi. Photos: Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC
Khabib Nurmagomedov and Justin Gaethje face off during the UFC 254 weigh-in on October 23, 2020 on UFC Fight Island in Abu Dhabi. Photos: Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC
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