Justin Gaethje Says Khabib Fight is Life-Changing, ‘I Won’t Go Out Like a Bitch’
Justin gaethje says he knows his next fight with the UFC champion Khabib Nurmagomedov can change his life forever – and to steal a line at Hamilton, he doesn’t throw his shot.
“The stakes are high,” Gaethje told TMZ Sports … “It changes my life. I go there and have a voice over ?! It changes my life.”
And, for all the critics who think he’s going to get smoked by the undefeated Dagestani, Justin offered this post …
“I’m ready and you can bet your last dollar that I won’t go out like a slut!”
Justin and Khabib – two friends who share the same manager, Ali Abdelaziz – are scheduled for the UFC Lightweight Championship at UFC 254 on October 24 on Fight Island in Abu Dhabi.
Want to hear Justin’s battle plan?
“I’m going to go and try to break her face, I promise.”
We asked Justin what he thought was the biggest challenge in the fight – and his response was interesting.
“Right now this man is going to be very hard to beat. With the passing of his father – for people like us that’s a motivator. He’s going to be 100% motivated but I think… that I can beat it. “
Justin says he knows he needs to punish Khabib early and often – explaining, “If he takes 8 neat hits, I really believe he’ll understand that he doesn’t want to take that damage.”
Justin says the UFC is sending his parents out for the fight – and when he wins the belt, they’ll be the first ones he looks to celebrate with.
“When I win, I’m going to go find them and give them a big hug because we did!”
We also asked Gaethje about Conor McGregor – and if he still wants to fight the Irishman after all the back and forth over the years.
“When I have this belt, the target will be on my back and I won’t need to call anyone,” Gaethje said.
“Honestly, it doesn’t matter who I fought after Khabib. It’ll cement my legacy and that’s the one thing I’m here for.”
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