Khabib Nurmagomedov had barely retired when the scrambling to see who would exchange him because the king of the lightweights in UFC started.
The Eagle defeated Justin Gaethje at UFC 254 by way of submission within the second spherical and with that triangle choke, the 32-year-old mentioned he could be strolling away from the game.
Khabib revealed he had promised his mom that this is able to be his final combat and he had no need to combat with out his father in his nook.
Talking after the combat, Gaethje mentioned that with Khabib departing, that made him the primary man and he’d be pleased to combat Conor McGregor for the imminently vacant title.
“With him retiring, I’m No.1,” Gaethje mentioned after shedding to Nurmagomedov, per The Mac Life.
“Poirier and McGregor are going to combat [Jan. 23]. They haven’t made it official, so if McGregor desires to bounce out and get the belt, then I’m proper right here.
“In the event that they need to give it to another person, then so be it. However I’ll be prepared. I’m able to combat once more. That is my job. That is my life. I find it irresistible a lot.”
It looks as if McGregor heard what Gaethje needed to say and wasted little time responding.
McGregor and Poirier is nearly set – other than the venue which McGregor desires a stadium – and the Irishman didn’t seem to consider Gaethje would deserve a second consecutive shot.
“Dustin KO’d you, in addition to your wresting/grappling and general concern of the central positions being actually embarrassing tonight, Justin,” McGregor mentioned.
In fact, in McGregor model, he deleted the tweet shortly after.
Khabib walks away from the game with a report of 29-Zero and defeated all the highest fighters within the division other than Tony Ferguson, though that combat appeared completely cursed in his defence.
McGregor appears the prime candidate to combat for the title subsequent and he did verify on Twitter final night time he will probably be resuming his profession within the octagon after retiring earlier this yr.
For somebody like McGregor, although, it’ll eat away at him that he can’t avenge his loss to Khabib at UFC 228.