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Nurmagomedov is set to defend his UFC lightweight title against interim champion Gaethje on October 24.
'The Eagle' upped the ante by vowing to "drown" 'The Highlight' who has revealed his own terrifying plan for their blockbuster championship contest.
The American said he'll create a "zone of death" for the Russian star at UFC 254.
With Khabib's "drowning" talk and Justin's "zone of death," the UFC 254 main event sounds terrifying :flushed: pic.twitter.com/8TyRmbSm5c- ESPN MMA (@espnmma) August 11, 2020
"I was a Division-I All-American," he said on Michael Bisping's "Believe You Me" podcast.
"Again, I've wrestled some of the toughest guys in their prime. Division-I college wrestling in America is the highest level other than going to the Olympics and wrestling on the international level. But we're not wrestling anymore.
"There's going to be a zone in front of me. It's not very big. It's going to be a zone of death, and if I have to represent death every time he enters the zone, that's what I'm the best (at) - creating carnage, creating car crashes.
"So my only goal when I step in there is to create as many car crashes as possible, whether it be our bodies hitting, our heads hitting, our (expletive) shoulders hitting, our fists hitting, my fist hitting his head, his fist hitting my head, it doesn't matter. I need to create car crashes, because that's the only way to beat this guy."
The undefeated champion wasted no time in responding to Gaethje's claim.
On Instagram, he wrote: "Class, I how he talk and his confidence, so this fight promises to be the best fight this year. I have something to show the world."
The UFC lightweight unification bout between current champion Nurmagomedov and interim champion Gaethje is set to headline UFC 254 on October 24.
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