Khabib Nurmagomedov says Justin Gaethje punched and kicked him harder than anyone else, including Conor McGregor

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It’s not all trash talk between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Justin Gaethje.

Dana White recently revealed the the extent of their trash talking before they fought each other at UFC 254 last October.

There’s clearly a respect between Khabib and Gaethje

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There’s clearly a respect between Khabib and Gaethje

The result was decisive with Khabib getting the better of Gaethje with a triangle choke in the second round.

But despite the convincing win, there’s clearly respect Khabib has for the American as he told talkSPORT he’s never been hit or kicked harder in a fight than by Gaethje.

This will sting Conor McGregor, who despite his UFC legend status, was well-beaten by Khabib at UFC 229 in October 2019.

UFC fans are hoping to see the Russian and Irishman fight once again, however, Khabib announced his retirement from MMA in the immediate aftermath of the win over Gaethje.

McGregor is desperate to avenge his defeat by Khabib over two years ago

McGregor is desperate to avenge his defeat by Khabib over two years ago

McGregor has called out Khabib a number of times ahead of his comeback bout against Dustin Poirier on Saturday.

But White says there’s only one way Khabib will be convinced to come out of retirement.

White revealed the 32-year-old told him: “I’m going to watch the two lightweight fights at 257. If these guys do something spectacular and make me want to come back and fight I’ll fight.”





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