Khabib Nurmagomedov lost his cool at a fellow reporter who asked him about his preparation in the wake of his father Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov’s recent demise. The current Lightweight Champion did not seem too happy about the repeated questions about his father’s death, and how it has affected his training leading to his title fight against Justin Gaethje at UFC 254.
Ahead of the much-anticipated showdown against Justin Gaethje in a title unification match for the UFC Lightweight Championship, Khabib Nurmagomedov interacted with the media on UFC 254 virtual Media Day. Khabib lost his cool when a reported asked him how his preparations ahead of the match-up have changed after his father’s demise.
“I don’t understand when people ask me for you to train without a father. Of course, this is difficult. I don’t know why you guys keep asking about this. This is very difficult.” Khabib said. The lightweight Champion did not stop here as he called out the journalist. “You have your father?” Khabib continued, “If something happened with him, it’s gonna be difficult for you or easy.” Khabib said.
It’s hard not to agree with Khabib Nurmagomedov. Ever since Abdulamanap’s unfortunate demise, Khabib has been bombarded with questions about his father’s death and how it’s gonna affect him in the upcoming title defense. To be reminded about such an unfortunate event every time Khabib steps outside, or interacted with the media has definitely irked the undisputed Champion.
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Khabib Nurmagomedov claims he has better fight IQ than Justin Gaethje
Speaking about the match-up, Khabib stated that his fight with Justin Gaethje won’t be like a chess match, and claimed that he has a better fight IQ than the interim Champion. However, Justin Gaethje looked confident of a victory and stated that Khabib has never faced an opponent like him, and rightfully so. Justin Gaethje will be the first opponent for Khabib Nurmagomedov who carries lethal power in his hands and has a credible wrestling background to compliment Khabib’s fighting style.
“My confidence is probably the biggest factor right now, paired with the power that I possess, paired with the coach that I have. That’s a dangerous combination,” Gaethje said. “I don’t care if I win or lose, at the end of the day, as long as I make my family happy, as long as I’m proud of my performance, then it doesn’t matter. That’s what makes me the most dangerous. I don’t know if he’s ever fought someone like that – he probably has.”