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Editor’s note: Daniel Cormier discussed his American Kickboxing Academy teammate and friend Khabib Nurmagomedov with ESPN’s Brett Okamoto earlier this year. Nurmagomedov will defend his UFC lightweight belt against Justin Gaethje on Saturday in the main event of UFC 254 on Fight Island in Abu Dhabi. Some content has been edited for clarity and brevity.
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Umar Nurmagomedov, cousin and teammate of UFC lightweight champ Khabib Nurmagomedov, will be unable to make his UFC debut Saturday because he has been hospitalized with a staph infection, according to Khabib’s Instagram post. Umar, a bantamweight who is 12-0, was set to face Sergey Morozov in the early prelims of UFC 254 on Fight
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The wait will soon be over for UFC fans eagerly anticipating the battle between interim lightweight champion Justin Gaethje and world titleholder Khabib Nurmagomedov. The popular fighters are set to meet Saturday at UFC 254 on “Fight Island” in Abu Dhabi. Gaethje will rely on power strikes and athleticism in attempting to hand Nurmagomedov (28-0)
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