Nurmagomedov to Defend Against Gaethje in October

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Nurmagomedov to Defend Against Gaethje in October


Nurmagomedov to Defend Against Gaethje in October


May 9, 2020; Jacksonville, Florida, USA; Dana White puts the championship belt on Justin Gaethje (blue gloves) after defeating Tony Ferguson (red gloves) during UFC 249 at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

A somewhat-surprising lightweight championship bout is on the horizon.

Khabib Nurmagomedov (28-0) will defend against Justin Gaethje (22-2) at UFC 255 on Oct 24.

Nurmagomedov’s father-coach Abdulmanap recently died after a bout with Covid-19, so it seemed like the undefeated champion was going take some time off before his next battle.

Gaethje filled in for Nurmagomedov against Tony Ferguson at UFC 251 in July, and scored a fifth-round TKO. He won an interim championship in the process.


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