Khabib thrashes Gaethje: ‘You had an opportunity to become champion, but you fell asleep’

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Former UFC Lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov has thrashed his former opponent Justin Gaethje over the next UFC lightweight title shot dispute. Justin Gaethje is coming off a spectacular performance over former title challenger Michael Chandler. Justin defeated Chandler at UFC 268 via decision. After getting an amazing win, Gaethje called his shot for the title and said that he wants to face the winner of Charles Oliveira and Dustin Poirier who will be fighting for the lightweight title at UFC 269. But another option for a title opportunity is Islam Makhachev who is on a nine-fight winning streak, but Justin is not happy with Islam jumping the line over Gaethje and getting the title shot before him.

“If I win Saturday and I don’t get a shot, I riot,” Gaethje said before UFC 268. “There’s no way I can let that happen and go away quiet.”

Justin Gaethje after getting the decision win over Michael Chandler called out for his title shot.

“We were fighting to fight for that belt, the winner of December I will fight. I will push them everywhere. Hopefully Oliveira in Brazil or Poirier in Luissianna I don’t give a fuc*k. I am ranked no.2 I just got an impressive victory. Who else?”

After Islam Makhachev won his last fight against Dan Hooker many people started considering Islam as the next in line for the title shot. Even UFC legend Daniel Cormier said that Islam might jump over Gaethje for the title shot. Justin Gaethje was definitely upset after hearing Islam Makhachev’s title shot speculations.

Khabib Nurmagomedov responds to Justin Gaethje title shot claim

Now Islam Makhchev’s training partner and best friend, the former lightweight champion, Khabib Nurmagomedov, has jumped in and slammed Justin Gaethge for his title shot claims. According to Khabib, Islam Makhachev is in a better position than Gaethje and he deserves to fight the winner of Oliveira and Poirier for the lightweight championship.

“In last 8 fight, you got finished 3 times Justin. You had an opportunity to become champion, but you fell asleep. Islam is on the 9 win streak, 3 fight in 2021 and all finishes. Just shut up and admit that Islam deserves this title shot, not you,” Nurmagomedov wrote.

Khabib Nurmagomedov and Justin Gaethje have faced each other at UFC 254. Justin Gaethje was the last fight that Khabib Nurmagomedov fought in the UFC before announcing retirement. Khabib Nurmagomedov submitted Justin in the second round of the fight. Now Justin Gaethje fought Michael Chandler which was his first fight after losing to Khabib.

Who do you think should get the next title shot after Dustin Poirier, should it be Justin Gaethje or Islam Makhachev?


  • Khabib Nurmagomedov says Justin Gaethje fell asleep during his title shot
  • Khabib says Islam deserves a title shot

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