Khabib Nurmagomedov-Justin Gaethje Title Unification Bout Announced for Oct. 24

By Tristen Critchfield Jul 28, 2020


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The UFC lightweight title unification bout between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Justin Gaethje appears to have a date.

UFC president Dana White announced to CNN that the highly-anticipated clash will take place on Oct. 24. A venue and location for the bout were not revealed. Nurmagomedov vs. Gaethje was supposed to have been booked for September, but plans changed when the reigning 155-pound champion’s father died earlier this month due to complications from COVID-19.

"It's been very rough on him," White told CNN. "His father was a hero to him, he loved his father, they had a very close relationship and it was very hard on him.”

Nurmagomedov hasn’t competed since September, when he defended his belt with a third-round submission of Dustin Poirier at UFC 242. The American Kickboxing Academy standout owns a 28-0 career mark that includes 12 triumphs under the UFC banner.

Gaethje claimed the interim lightweight crown with a fifth-round TKO of Tony Ferguson at UFC 249 on May 9. The former World Series of Fighting champion has won four straight in UFC competition — all by knockout or technical knockout.

"It's going to happen, tell you right here right now. That fight is going to happen," White said. Khabib vs. Gaethje, Oct. 24.

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