Former UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov said that among all his opponents, Justin Gaethje had the strongest punch. Despite this, the Russian claims that he deliberately forced the American to beat in order to exhaust him in the standing position.
“This guy hit like a truck, you know. Nobody hit me harder than Justin Gaethje. His kick, his punch, his left hook, right hook, right uppercut. I make him hit me, you know. When I go to the cage and I was sitting like, ‘Okay, I’m gonna go, I’m gonna bring him into the deep ocean…I’m gonna make him tired in stand-up and I’m gonna bring him on the ground and finish him.” Khabib Nurmagomedov said on the Mike Tyson podcast.
Recall that the fight Khabib Nurmagomedov – Justin Gaethje took place at the UFC 254 tournament and ended with the victory of the Russian by a submishen in the second round. Immediately after the end of this fight, Khabib announced the end of his fighting career.