The first UFC champion from Russia Oleg Taktarov suggested that the result of the fight between Habib Nurmagomedov and Justin Getzhi could be agreed upon even before the fight.
Taktarov remembered his fight 25 years ago with American Anthony Masias as part of the UFC 6 tournament. A few years later, Masias confessed that he lost to the Russian on purpose because of threats of their general manager Buddy Albin.
“Now no one remembers, because it is clear that the fight was negotiated. It is obvious. But to me, it is normal. If you can, if you’ve done well if you’ve earned money, it’s even better,” Taktarov said on YouTube on Russian Estonian.
On October 24, 2020, Nurmagomedov defeated Getzhi and defended the title of UFC champion. At the end of the fight, the 32-year-old Russian said it was the last fight of his career.