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The Dagestan native will be looking to defend his lightweight title for the third time when they step into the Octagon, as well as extend his perfect record to 29 fights unbeaten in MMA and 13 in UFC.
It will also be his third fight in succession against a previous holder of the title or interim title.
“He’s finished a lot of great opponents, a lot of great guys… He was a great champion,” Nurmagomedov added on Gaethje. “To beat a guy like Justin Gaethje is gonna be big for my legacy.”