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UAE: Nurmagomedov and Gaethje face-off ahead of UFC title unification clash02:22

UAE: Nurmagomedov and Gaethje face-off ahead of UFC title unification clash

United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi
October 21, 2020 at 19:41 GMT +00:00 · Published

UFC Lightweight Champion Khabib Nurmagomedov faced off with his US rival, interim champion Justin Gaethje, in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday ahead of their upcoming title unification bout.

Nurmagomedov said he knew the fight was going to be "difficult" particularly "with all this pandemic stuff, with all this- without crowd, without fans."

Gaethje struck a confident note, saying that he would "leave everything, give everything and be proud of my performance" on Saturday.

UFC President Dana White stressed that the upcoming bout was "the biggest fight" the association would have "ever done," while calling Nurmagomedov "one of the biggest stars in all of sports, not just UFC."

While posing for a final photo, performed traditionally with the championship belts, Gaethje handed back his interim award to assistant a few moments after receiving it, explaining that he wants to be photographed with the real trophy when he obtains the title, prompting a wave of reactions in the media.

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UFC Lightweight Champion Khabib Nurmagomedov faced off with his US rival, interim champion Justin Gaethje, in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday ahead of their upcoming title unification bout.

Nurmagomedov said he knew the fight was going to be "difficult" particularly "with all this pandemic stuff, with all this- without crowd, without fans."

Gaethje struck a confident note, saying that he would "leave everything, give everything and be proud of my performance" on Saturday.

UFC President Dana White stressed that the upcoming bout was "the biggest fight" the association would have "ever done," while calling Nurmagomedov "one of the biggest stars in all of sports, not just UFC."

While posing for a final photo, performed traditionally with the championship belts, Gaethje handed back his interim award to assistant a few moments after receiving it, explaining that he wants to be photographed with the real trophy when he obtains the title, prompting a wave of reactions in the media.

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