MMA: Khabib Nurmagomedov said to have broken his foot three weeks before his fight with Justin Gaethje

Khabib opted to end the fight against Justin Gaethje early since he liked him and did not want to punish him

Khabib Nurmagomedov said to have broken his foot three weeks before his fight with Justin Gaethje

  • Khabib Nurmagomedov successfully defended his UFC Lightweight title against Justin Gaethje
  • The Russian won by Technical Submission to extend his unbeaten record to 29-0
  • It was revealed afterwards that the Russian fighter had suffered difficulties in his preparations for the title-defense
  • Mental Health and Psychosocial considerations during the COVID-19

Khabib Nurmagomedov said to have broken his foot three weeks before his fight with Justin Gaethje.

Khabib sustained a broken foot and developed mumps in his training camp ahead of his title-defense against Justin Gaethje.

The Russian is said to have endured a tough camp before his decisive second-round victory against Justin Gaethje with Dana White revealing the Russian broke his foot three weeks ago.

Nurmagomedov stunned the American on Saturday night, winning via a second-round submission to extend his unbeaten MMA record to 29-0.

The 32-year-old announced his retirement immediately afterwards and as well as White paying tribute to ‘one of the toughest human beings on the planet’, Khabib’s head coach Javier Mendez said the UFC star developed mumps in September.

Khabib Nurmagomedov said to have broken his foot three weeks before his fight with Justin Gaethje
Khabib Nurmagomedov endured a tough pre-fight camp and broke his foot three weeks ago

Speaking at the post-fight press conference, White said:

‘What this guy’s been through, we’re all lucky that we got to see him fight tonight,’

‘And I’m hearing rumours of other things that I didn’t know about that you guys will hear about when he comes out later. Apparently, he was in the hospital. He broke his foot. Three weeks ago.

‘He has two broken toes and a bone in his foot that’s broken, or something like that. That’s what his corner was telling me. He is one of the toughest human beings on the planet and he’s the number one pound-for-pound fighter in the world.

‘And seriously, you have to start putting him up there at GOAT [Greatest Of All Time] status with whoever else you think is the GOAT.’