Ahead of Khabib Nurmagomedov’s easy title defense against Justin Gaethje at UFC 254, UFC President Dana White praised the Russian star, saying he had the skills to be the greatest fighter in MMA history.

White spoke to reporters in the run-up to UFC 254, which takes place on Saturday at UFC Fight Island in Abu Dhabi. Khabib has registered his last title defense in the emirate and wants to repeat the feat of defeating interim champion Gaethje, which many believe will be the toughest test of the Russian champion’s career.

The win for Khabib will bring his perfect professional record to 29-0 and, according to Weiß, be one step closer to being considered the greatest fighter of all time.

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“Khabib is looking to not only be the greatest who has ever made it in this division. If he beats Justin he will be the number one pound-for-pound fighter in the world and on the way to GOAT status” he said white.

“You have all the ingredients for a massive fight. You have a great superstar and child who won an incredible victory over a highly regarded fighter, and a lot of people believe Justin has the style to beat him.

“You think you know what these guys are going to do, but when they get in there anything is possible.”

Khabib won the UFC lightweight title with a unanimous decision victory over Al Iaquinta at UFC 223 and defended it twice with submissions from Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier to cement his position as the world’s leading 155-pound fighter.

Now he wants to go over to 29: 0 with the win over Gaethje and come one step closer to his goal of leading 30 fights unbeaten.

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