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Khabib defended his UFC lightweight title on Saturday night at UFC 254 against interim champion Gaethje, and took is record to 29-0.
Before the fight the Russian's former teammate Daniel Cormier had suggested the match up with the Highlight was the toughest of his undefeated run but the Eagle made relatively light work of the fight.
After taking his opponent down at the end of the first round he copied the trick early in the second round and forced the American to tap out from a triangle choke, after just one minute and 34 seconds of the second five minutes.
Diaz, who has a black belt in jiu jitsu, clearly wasn't impressed with the skills on show as he took to Twitter to simply say 'whitebelt'
Whitebelt- Nathan Diaz (@NateDiaz209) October 24, 2020
I feel that Justin Gaethje has vast improvements to make in his BJJ- Nathan Diaz Translater (@NTranslater) October 24, 2020
People kept overhyping Justin's wrestling as if khabib doesn't train with the best Olympic wrestlers in the world- slimsim (@slimsim98) October 24, 2020
He turned him into a pretzel- Inameknockouts (@inameknockouts) October 24, 2020
Khabib is a two time former world champion of Sambo, which is a soviet martial art, as opposed to the Brazilian jiu-jitsu, and a black belt in judo.
He once wore a t-shirt saying 'If Sambo was easy it would be called BJJ,' but he has been full of praise for the discipline, saying, "It doesn't matter, Jiu-Jitsu, MMA, or Sambo, it doesn't matter. All sports teach us respect and to be humble. This is most important."
It was the 11th submission win of his MMA career and it seems likelier that the dig from Diaz was aimed at Gaethje, who only has one submission victory from his 22 career wins.
Victory for Khabib and the Champion is overcome with emotion.- UFC on BT Sport (@btsportufc) October 24, 2020
A beautiful moment of respect as Justin Gaethje joins him in the centre of the mat.
One step closer to Father's Plan :pray:#UFC254 pic.twitter.com/1Gd6xRNAaA
After the fight UFC president Dana White claimed that Khabib had broken his foot just three weeks before the fight, calling the Russian 'tough.'
White also referred to the undefeated champ as the 'baddest motherf*cker on the planet,' a title Diaz had previously fought for.
The former lightweight challenger fought Jorge Masvidal at UFC 244 last November for the symbolic UFC BMF Championship.
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