One of many greatest UFC fights of the yr is now official.
Khabib Nurmagomedov and Justin Gaethje efficiently weighed in Friday in Abu Dhabi for his or her UFC light-weight title unification bout. Nurmagomedov and Gaethje every weighed in proper on the restrict of 155 kilos.
Nurmagomedov, the primary fighter to hit the size, stripped down bare to make the mark, needing assistance from a towel. He had his head in his fingers and breathed a sigh of reduction when he noticed he had made weight.
Nurmagomedov, ESPN’s present prime pound-for-pound fighter on the earth, is available in because the undisputed UFC light-weight champion, whereas the No. 8-ranked Gaethje is the interim champ. The 2 will compete to unify the belts Saturday in the primary occasion of UFC 254 on Saturday on Yas Island, which the UFC has dubbed “Struggle Island.”
ESPN has the undefeated Nurmagomedov ranked No. 1 on the earth at light-weight, with Gaethje at No. 2.
Nurmagomedov (28-0), 32, is 12-0 within the UFC and has hardly ever even misplaced a spherical. He owns wins over the likes of former UFC light-weight champions Conor McGregor and Rafael dos Anjos, in addition to Dustin Poirier in his most up-to-date bout at UFC 242 in September 2019.
Gaethje (22-2) has gained 4 straight. The Arizona native is coming off an interim title victory over Tony Ferguson at UFC 249 on Might 9, a fourth-round TKO victory. Gaethje, 31, is nicknamed “The Spotlight” due to his thrilling, all-action type. The previous World Sequence of Combating light-weight champion has not gone to resolution in six years.
Former Bellator three-time light-weight champion Michael Chandler, newly signed by the UFC, weighed in Friday as a backup for the title battle. He made 155 kilos even.
The 2 co-main occasion fighters additionally efficiently made weight forward of UFC 254. Robert Whittaker, the previous UFC middleweight champion, weighed 186 kilos and Jared Cannonier hit the size at 185 kilos. The Whittaker vs. Cannonier winner may very well be subsequent for UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya.