JUSTIN GAETHJE has taken aim at Khabib Nurmagomedov ahead of their mega showdown – insisting his UFC rival lost his undefeated record EIGHT years ago.
Officially holding a record of 28 wins and zero defeats in the Octagon, Khabib overcame a tricky contest with Brazilian fighter Gleison Tibau in 2012.
The three-round affair featured several takedowns of both men and ended in a unanimous points decision for the Russian.
However Gaethje has revealed his scepticism, telling ESPN: "I think he lost to Tibau though, that’s just me."
Media scorecards at the time showed a number of experts thought Tibau should have won in Las Vegas.
And fans were also in disagreement over the decision, one writing on MMA Decisions' messageboard at the time: "You have to be a blind nutthugger to score it for Khabib. SHAME ON INCOMPETENT JUDGES ONCE AGAIN!!!!"
Yet another commented: "If you voted for Tibau after that. Then you were paying less attention to the fight, and more attention to Rogan's commentary."
Gaethje and Khabib are expected to face off later this summer after the American's crushing victory over Tony Ferguson.
If I beat Khabib and then I beat Conor, in these times, under this microscope [that's] legendary."
Conor McGregor has also been floated as a potential opponent but is expected to have to wait for his shot at the Lightweight belt.
And Gaethje, 31, believes he is driven by the potential glory awaiting him – unlike the Irishman.
He continued: "Not everyone is a greedy f***** like him.
"For one, if I beat Khabib and then I beat Conor… in these times, under this microscope [that's] legendary.
"Absolutely legendary, that will be almost unmatched in the history of what we do.
"So to be in that position feels great. Unless I die young, to have those experiences is exhilarating, it's awesome."Khabib Nurmagomedov vs Justin Gaethje UFC unification clash to happen on Fight Island this summer, says Dana White
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