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Khabib promises to take Justin Gaethje to the ‘deepest ocean and drown him’ at UFC 254

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Khabib Nurmagomedov sends a stern warning to Justin Gaethje ahead of UFC 254.

Khabib Nurmagomedov v Dustin Poirier: UFC Lightweight Championship Photo by Stringer/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov has warned Justin Gaethje that he will ‘take him to the deepest ocean and drown him’ in their upcoming lightweight title unification bout at UFC 254, responding to a recent video post from Joe Rogan.

Rogan, who uploaded video footage of ‘savage’ Justin Gaethje training with ‘master’ coach Trevor Whitman ahead of UFC 254, seemed to attract the attention of Nurmagomedov.

“Justin is a very nice guy and good opponent for me, but when octagon close he have to be ready not only boxing match, I’m not Dustin [Poirier] or Tony [Ferguson],” Nurmagomedov wrote on Instagram. “I will take him to the deepest ocean and drown him,” Nurmagomedov posted on Instagram.

Nurmagomedov is undefeated at 28-0 and has drowned most of his opponents with his suffocating wrestling and relentless ground-and-pound. Gaethje, on the other hand, is one of the most dangerous pressure strikers in the division and has finished his last four fights via KO/TKO.

UFC 254, which will feature Khabib vs. Gaethje as the main event, is scheduled to take place on Oct. 24 at a TBD location.