Khabib Nurmagomedov Names Hardest Puncher He’s Ever Faced In UFC: “He Hits Like Truck”

Nurmagomedov also details when he knew this fighter would be finished in their bout.

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UFC Hall of Famer Khabib Nurmagomedov has named the fighter he believes hit him the hardest inside the Octagon.

Nurmagomedov was known for his elite grappling and ability to avoid danger during his active pro MMA years. “The Eagle” has fought competitors with hard punches such as Conor McGregor, Dustin Poirier, and Michael Johnson. There is one fighter who stood out above all of them in terms of striking power for Khabib.

Justin Gaethje Is Hardest Puncher Khabib Nurmagomedov Faced

During an on-stage interview with Patrick Bet-David, Khabib Nurmagomedov revealed that it was Justin Gaethje who hit him the hardest inside the Octagon. Despite this, Nurmagomeodv knew in one moment that he had the UFC Lightweight Championship fight won.

“I think it was Justin Gaethje,” Nurmagomedov said. “He hits like truck, but it was one thing what breaks like it was right uppercut and left hook, it was his best shot in the fight and I told him, ‘Brother, this is everything that you have?’ I was talk with him, it was conversation inside the cage. I like Justin Gaethje and I was talk with him after this combination, and end of the first round he start to like tire, and I told him, ‘This is jetlag because you come to Abu Dhabi one week before the fight, I’m here one month.’ I know where I was after one week because this is like desert. You have to be there at least a couple weeks before the fight. I know myself, one week when I come I cannot sleep.”

Nurmagomedov ended up winning the fight via technical submission in the second round. This was the final fight in “The Eagle’s” pro MMA career.

Published on August 23, 2023 at 10:50 am
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