Khabib to Gaethje: "Admit to yourself that Islam deserves to fight for the title"

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Khabib to Gaethje: "Admit to yourself that Islam deserves to fight for the title"

A lot of dust was raised by the topic of the next challenger within the UFC lightweight category. Dustin Poirier and Charles Oliveira will finish the title match in less than two weeks, with Justin Gaethje, Beneil Dariush, and Islam Makhachev already waiting in line.

While Dariush was quite quiet, Makhachev, and especially Gaethje, lobbied extremely loudly for their position in the next match for the champion. On that occasion, Gaethje was finally awarded, who is also the best ranked of the three.

Justin is second in the challenger standings and after the match between Oliveira and Poirier, he can start preparing for his attack on the title. Islam Makhachev and Beneil Dariush will fight each other at the end of the second month of next year.

One of the winners of that match will surely be the challenger after Justin Gaethje. Islam’s great friend and teammate, Khabib Nurmagomedov, commented on the qualities of Dariusz and Makhachev. The retired Dagestani sees them as actually the best fighters of the UFC lightweight category.

'' Islam or Dariush, they deserve the title at the moment. Dariush and Islam, these two guys are better than Dustin Poirier and Justin Gaethje. That is my opinion, "Nurmagomedov said in an interview with ESPN.

Khabib's Twitter post

Earlier this month, Khabib was critical of Gaethje via Twitter and told him: "You've been finished three times in your last eight fights.

You had a chance to become a champion, but you fell asleep. Islam is in a series of nine victories." "He has three fights in 2021 and it all ended with a stoppage. Just shut up and admit to yourself that Islam deserves to fight for the title, not you.

" Recall, Nurmagomedov and Gaethje fought for the championship belt in October last year. Nurmagomedov celebrated with a submission in the second round, after which he retired. There was no "bad blood" between the Dagestani and Gaethje, on the contrary, they showed a lot of respect.

Khabib clarified his statements to Justin in the continuation of the conversation for ESPN. '' I respect Justin, I love that guy. He's a very good guy. In 2016, he helped me lose weight ahead of my fight against Darrel Horcher.

I just shared my opinion, and that is that Islam deserves a ‘title shot’ before him." "I understand that Justin is excited, but my opinion is my opinion. No matter what category you are talking about, if you are on nine wins in a row, you have to fight for the title, '' Khabib added, alluding to Islam's brilliant winning streak.