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Both men squared off against each other for the first time since the fight was made official in July.
And during the head-to-head, the American challenger removed his interim strap after initially posing with it for photo opportunities.
He then appeared to gesture at Nurmagomedov's belt: "I want that one."
Justin Gaethje throws away his UFC interim belt, then points at Khabib's and says I want that one...
This kid! :fire:#UFC254 ' Saturday, 7pm ' BT Sport Box Office pic.twitter.com/deZr8ccFv6
- UFC on BT Sport (@btsportufc) October 21, 2020
Khabib Nurmagomedov and Justin Gaethje just had a presser and squared off. Coolest moment was Gaethje initially posing with the interim title and then giving it back. He has maintained he is waiting for the real one. pic.twitter.com/QZJiidRmQc
- Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) October 21, 2020
'The Highlight' captured the interim title after defeating Tony Ferguson at UFC 249 in May.
He stopped Ferguson to set up a meeting against Nurmagomedov, who had to withdraw from his bout with Ferguson after being stuck in Russia due to COVID-19
'The Eagle' hasn't fought since his submission victory over Dustin Poirier in September 2019.
But he returns to the Octagon this weekend to defend his UFC crown.
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