If the two fight in the future, according to the former interim lightweight champion Justin Gaethje, a victory over Islam Makhachev will certainly go a long way toward settling the score with Khabib Nurmagomedov, Makhachev’s colleague and former rival.
Gaethje, the current No. 3 lightweight contender, most recently competed at UFC 274 in May against former undisputed champion Charles Oliveira, losing to the Brazilian in the first round via rear-naked choke.
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“Yes,” Justin Gaethje said during a recent interview with LowKick MMA reporter, Makoa Goble when asked if a win over Makhachev would even the score with Khabib. “That would be, yeah – that would be better than evening the score, probably.”