in ,

Daniel Cormier highlights how “elite” Khabib Nurmagomedov is after battling mumps before UFC 254

Khabib Nurmagomedov was suffering from mumps before his fight against Justin Gaethje
Khabib Nurmagomedov had a swollen face before his fight against Justin Gaethje (MMA Mania)

Khabib Nurmagomedov had mumps before the legacy-defining UFC 254 main event

It is common knowledge that Khabib Nurmagomedov called it a day after his UFC 254 victory against Justin Gaethje. He defended his lightweight belt for the third successive time and went 29-0-0 in his professional MMA career.

Khabib Nurmagomedov vs Justin Gaethje was the main event of UFC 254
Justin Gaethje kicks Khabib Nurmagomedov of Russia in their lightweight title bout during the UFC 254 event on October 25, 2020 on UFC Fight Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

That fight is where the legacy of the Russian reached a crescendo; a perfect culmination of an untouchable career. But little did people know that he was not really in his best shape before the PPV.

Recently, ‘The Eagle’ revealed in an interview that he had mumps before the fight. And Daniel Cormier was talking about that incident on ESPN MMA this week.

Khabib Nurmagomedov shows his face with mumps before UFC 254 fight against Justin Gaethje.
Khabib Nurmagomedov shows his face with mumps before UFC 254 fight against Justin Gaethje. (Image Credits: MMA Mania)

DC said that he did not see Khabib in that state, but was aware that he had the mumps. And not just him, the former light heavyweight champion said that it was Khabib’s whole camp.

“I think what Khabib did was even more impressive because of all the obstacles that he had to take and get through during his training camp. It was not a good training camp for Khabib.”

Daniel Cormier says Khabib Nurmagomedov winning after battling mumps made it more special

DC added that because of battling what he did in his training camp, his UFC 254 win was even more special.

“For him to dominate in the way that he did just shows how truly special and elite that he is, and how far he has separated himself from the rest of the lightweights in the word”.

Khabib also broke his thumb before a couple of weeks before taking on possibly his toughest rival in Gaethje.

His fight with Gaethje seems like a fine wine. It just seems to get better with age. Details like these further add to the legend of the Russian.

Khabib Nurmagomedov of Russia celebrates his victory over Justin Gaethje at UFC 254. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
Khabib Nurmagomedov of Russia celebrates his victory over Justin Gaethje at UFC 254. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

But we may have to do with his highlight reels if we miss seeing him in action because a return looks unlikely for him, And, the Georges St-Pierre match-up looks more like a fantasy fight with each passing day.

More UFC News:

Follow our dedicated UFC page for instant UFC news and updates

Written by Aniket Rai

An ordinary football fan, doing what he loves.

Dustin Poirier got a huge win over Conor McGregor at UFC 257

Kevin Lee blasts UFC for setting up “stupid” Dustin Poirier vs Conor McGregor 3

Mia Yim is keen on joining the Hurt Business

“The sky is blue” – Bobby Lashley, Mia Yim and more WWE stars leave fans confused over Twitter message