The undisputed UFC light-weight king appears impressed by Justin Gaethje.

“The Spotlight” took on an at all times harmful Tony Ferguson in the principle occasion of UFC 249 — changing Khabib Nurmagomedov on brief discover for an interim title on Saturday evening — and dominated Ferguson for 4 rounds earlier than referee Herb Dean mercifully stopped the bout within the fifth.

Nurmagomedov, unable to face Ferguson since he’s stranded in Russia because of journey restrictions attributable to the COVID-19 outbreak, shortly took to social media to submit a “no remark” tweet after Ferguson’s loss.

In a following tweet, “The Eagle” congratulated Gaethje for his efficiency.

Nurmagomedov elaborated his ideas in a lengthier submit in Russian, translated by RT Sport.

“On this sport, and particularly on this weight there’ll at all times be hungry lions that can breathe down your neck, in case you calm down, you then’re completed,” Nurmagomedov wrote. “Some go away and others arrive, that’s nothing to be shocked about. However I gained’t fall earlier than the shot. We are going to nonetheless battle.”

UFC president Dana White confirmed on the UFC 249 post-fight press convention in Jacksonville, Fla., that Nurmagomedov and Gaethje will unify the light-weight belts subsequent.

Gaethje (22-2) is driving a four-fight knockout streak over James Vick, Edson Barboza, Donald Cerrone and Ferguson, whereas Nurmagomedov stays undefeated with 28 wins in blended martial arts, together with three championship victories in opposition to Al Iaquinta, Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier.