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‘The weight cut was perfect’ – Khabib Nurmagomedov put on an astonishing amount of weight for Justin Gaethje fight

Khabib Nurmagomedov revealed that he put on nearly 22 kilos from the weigh-ins to fight date sooner or later later when he confronted Justin Gaethje at UFC 254.

Explaining why he would by no means fight as a welterweight, Khabib declared that his common weight is round 180 lb. But competing as a light-weight, he has to cut it all the way down to underneath 155 lb.

Speaking in a latest interview with Magomed Ismailov, Khabib recalled the weight cut course of of his final fight within the UFC. According to the retired light-weight champion, he recovered a considerable amount of weight in solely sooner or later.

“The weight cut was perfect. Everything was on point. I woke up in the morning with just 2.9 kg left to cut. [It was one of the best weight cuts of my career], but not the best one – I had some better weight cuts before. It was difficult, but definitely, one of the best. And I recovered very well, too. I managed to regain almost 22 pounds,” Khabib mentioned.

“I showed 155 lb on the scales, and on fight night – when I entered the cage – I weighed in at like 176 pounds. Ok, so I gained 21 pounds for the fight – it’s a lot,” he added.

Khabib Nurmagomedov recollects how nervous his workforce was earlier than the Justin Gaethje fight

UFC 254: Khabib v Gaethje
UFC 254: Khabib v Gaethje

Khabib Nurmagomedov had a nightmare of a coaching camp forward of what can be his final skilled fight within the UFC. The Russian grappler suffered from surprising illnesses and accidents whereas making ready to fight Justin Gaethje at UFC 257.

He instructed Magomed Ismailov in the identical interview that he might understand how little religion his workforce had in his success throughout the stroll into the octagon.

“When I was coming out for the fight – with my cornerman, teammates, and coach Javier Mendez, we were standing in front of the cameras, and I can feel their energy. They were all very nervous. So, I turn at them and say: ‘Hey, are you at the funerals or what?! Where is your support? Come on! Don’t be so stressed. It’s all good!’ Khabib recollected.

“I can keep in mind I additionally instructed Javier that I might see how nervous he was, it was by no means that means in my earlier fights. That was after we talked with him after the fight, and he mentioned to me that he was so nervous as a result of all of my coaching camps had been good besides for this one which had so many failures: the damaged toe, hospital…” he concluded.

Published 23 Feb 2021, 05:48 IST

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