Daniel Cormier Explains Why Khabib Didn’t Finish Justin Gaethje With An Armbar
Daniel Cormier has revealed what Khabib Nurmagomedov told him on the finish to his fight with Justin Gaethje.
Nurmagomedov vs. Gaethje headlined UFC 254 inside the Flash Forum on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi on October 24. “The Eagle” didn’t hesitate to put the pressure on Gaethje. Nurmagomedov was popping his opponent with the jab and even went for running knee strikes. He got “The Highlight” down near the end of the round and went for an armbar. Time expired, so he couldn’t complete the submission.
In the second round, Nurmagomedov dumped Gaethje to the canvas. He ended up in full mount. “The Eagle” transitioned to the triangle choke and put Gaethje to sleep. Nurmagomedov took his gloves off and announced his retirement after the fight.
Cormier spoke to ESPN’s Ariel Helwani and revealed why Khabib decided to go for the triangle choke rather than the armbar in the second round (via MMAMania.com).
“He goes, ‘I didn’t want to hurt him in front of his parents, so I said I’m going to go and put him in a triangle. And if he goes to sleep, he goes to sleep, you wake up, you’re fine.’ This is exactly what he told me. That’s crazy, right? He did not want to hurt Justin in front of his parents.
“To be comfortable enough to think about this in the moment, like, that’s crazy,” he continued. “He didn’t want to break his arm. Because if Justin’s not going to tap, you have to break it. And he did not want to do that to Justin in front of his mom and dad. He said, ‘if I put him to sleep, he will wake up and everything will be okay.’”