Dana White: Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Justin Gaethje Fight Isn’t ‘Off The Table’

Nurmagomedov GaethjeUFC president Dana White isn’t ruling out a September fight between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Justin Gaethje. The pair were expected to compete in a lightweight title unification fight in September that was set to headline the UFC 253 pay-per-view. However, with the recent death of Nurmagomedov’s father Abdulmanap, many have speculated as to whether “The […]

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UFC president Dana White isn’t ruling out a September fight between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Justin Gaethje.

The pair were expected to compete in a lightweight title unification fight in September that was set to headline the UFC 253 pay-per-view.

However, with the recent death of Nurmagomedov’s father Abdulmanap, many have speculated as to whether “The Eagle” will fight again, let alone face Gaethje in two months.

White has already revealed that Nurmagomedov won’t be rushed back and that remains the case.

“No, I’m not messing with Khabib,” White told media on Tuesday (via BJ Penn). “I’m leaving him alone until he’s ready to talk and I’m letting him mourn and do what he has to do. I reached out to him the day of and I haven’t heard back from him since.

Nurmagomedov vs. Gaethje Still Possible

That said, White doesn’t believe a September fight is off the table. But again, it all hinges on Nurmagomedov.

“I don’t think it’s off the table,” White added when asked if a September fight between the pair was still possible. “I’m just waiting to hear from him.”

Nurmagomedov last competed in September last year when he submitted Dustin Poirier to defend his title for the second time.

Gaethje, meanwhile, became interim lightweight champion following his impressive fifth-round TKO win over Tony Ferguson at UFC 249 in May.

Do you think we’ll see them fight in September?

Justin Gaethje Sends Kind Message To Khabib Following Abdulmanap’s Passing

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Interim UFC lightweight champion Justin Gaethje has sent kind words Khabib Nurmagomedov’s way during this difficult time. Khabib’s father, Abdulmanap, passed away at the age of 57. Abdulmanap couldn’t recover from complications from COVID-19. Two of Nurmagomedov’s training partners have pulled out of UFC Fight Island following Abdulmanap’s passing. Justin Gaethje Has Kind Words For […]

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Dustin Poirier Wants Justin Gaethje to Beat Khabib at UFC 253 to Aid Title Hopes

Dustin Poirier is looking out for his own best interest as he chases the UFC lightweight championship. Speaking to TMZ Sports , Poirier revealed he’s rooting for Justin Gaethje …

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John Kavanagh Reveals Conor McGregor vs. Justin Gaethje Was ‘Close To Being Done’

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Watch Kamaru Usman Spar With Justin Gaethje Ahead Of UFC 251 (Video)

Usman GaethjeUsman Changes Camps Ahead Of Title Defense UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman is getting work in with interim lightweight title-holder Justin Gaethje. Usman will defend his welterweight title against Gilbert Burns in the main event of UFC 251 which takes place July 11 on Abu Dhabi’s Fight Island. Given that they were teammates at Sanford […]

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Usman Changes Camps Ahead Of Title Defense

UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman is getting work in with interim lightweight title-holder Justin Gaethje.

Usman will defend his welterweight title against Gilbert Burns in the main event of UFC 251 which takes place July 11 on Abu Dhabi’s Fight Island.

Given that they were teammates at Sanford MMA in Florida, Usman made the decision to move camps to Denver where he is now training under head coach Trevor Wittman.

Wittman notably trains Justin Gaethje and Rose Namajunas and it wasn’t a surprise to see him oversee Usman sparring with the former ahead of the title defense.

Gaethje posted a small snippet of it recently which you can watch below:

“Iron sharpens iron. How much would you pay to watch this for a few rounds? @usman84kg is looking like a straight killer. Glad to have him in the room. Just two dudes having fun ?

It’s a move that seems to be permanent as well with Usman wanting to change things up at this stage of his career.

“I think eventually I would have changed things up anyway,” Usman said. “We had a lot of welterweights at that gym. At some point, when you’re training with these guys on a daily basis and you’re the champion of the world, these guys know you in and out and if they get the better of you one day, they’re licking their chops thinking it’s their time. A little separation from that is good. It keeps that element of surprise, because these guys feel like they know you.

“One thing I firmly believe is that it’s my work. You can be with a great coach, but if you’re not putting the effort in, that coach isn’t going to help you win. That coach isn’t going to get in and fight for you. I know I put the work in.”

Wittman received heaps of praise for Gaethje’s performance against Tony Ferguson at UFC 249 last month. It should be interesting to see what changes he can bring to Usman’s game.

What do you think of the footage and Usman training with the likes of Wittman and Gaethje?

Video: Kamaru Usman & Justin Gaethje Exchange Body Shots During Sparring

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