Khabib Nurmagomedov put the finishes touches on his legendary career earlier today (Sat., Oct. 24, 2020) live on ESPN+ PPV from inside Flash Forum on “Fight Island” in Abu Dhabi, U.A.E., when he unified his UFC lightweight championship with Justin Gaethje with a second-round submission (triangle choke).
Khabib came out firing early with a lead jab and flying knees. Gaethje responded with some counter power shots before Khabib secured his first takedown along the cage. The champ would work his way into mount and nearly locked in a submission finish before the end of the round.
Gaethje returned the favor in the second round with hard leg kicks that seemed to bother the champ. During a scramble Khabib was able to quickly secure top mount along the cage. Gaethje tried to defend but “Eagle” was able to transition to a tight triangle choke. “Highlight” tapped multiple times and the referee eventually stepped in.
Check out the full fight highlights below courtesy of UFC/ESPN:
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