The presence of three close teammates will be a great motivation for Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 254 next October. More specifically, these are teammates who stood at the corner of Khabib in the infamous brawl at UFC 229.
UFC 254 will be the third time Khabib Nurmagomedov has defended the Lightweight Championship. The opponent this time of “Dagestan Eagle” will be American boxer Justin Gaethje.
Before the match, Khabib was constantly having difficulty and mourning his father in early July. In addition, the complicated developments of COVID-19 also prevented him from returning to the US, reuniting with head coach Javier Mendez and teammates at American Kickboxing Academy.
But not for that, Khabib will be alone at UFC 254, when there are 3 brothers of the champion who will be on the same stage at this event.
Khabib and three other teammates will go to war at UFC 254
This is not the first time that Khabib has led the team to appear together in an UFC event. Last September, he and two teammates Islam Makhachev and Zubaira Tukhugov played at UFC 242.
Of the three who will join Khabib at UFC 252, Islam Makhachev is considered the most potential puncher at present. Martial artists born in 1991 are having a series of 6 consecutive wins, overwhelming their opponents and becoming more comprehensive.
Abubakar Nurmagomedov is one of three people who had a fight with Conor McGregor at UFC 229. Meanwhile, Umar Nurmagomedov is the newest name of Team Khabib with a contract with UFC. However, the club fights’ debut at UFC 249 was delayed because of the COVID-19.
Scheduled to play at UFC 254, but the location where Khabib will face Justin Gaethje has not been determined. Due to COVID-19 pandemic, Dana White is considering bringing events back to Fight Island in Abu Dhabi for safety.
If playing in Abu Dhabi, Khabib can repeat the same achievements with his teammates like UFC 242 and defend the championship for the third time.