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Justin Gaethje brushed off a brutal head kick in sparring as he prepares to face Khabib Nurmagomedov.
The American is looking to unify his interim Lightweight Championship belt at UFC 254 against the 31-year-old.
With seven weeks to go until they come together on October 25, the pair have been working hard in training for the UFC Lightweight Championship belt.
And footage has emerged which suggests that Gaethje will be able to take some pretty big hits from the Russian.
In the clip, the American can be seen in the Octagon with a sparring partner, with both having their legs padded up.
The 31-year-old plants a left-footed kick on the side of his opponent’s face – but quickly retreats back to jog on the spot.
Gaethje keeps his eye on the fighter’s hands before a elf-foot suddenly swings in, connecting loudly with his jaw.
While coaches are left in shock, the American simply brushes it off before continuing to fight.
This footage was shared on Instagram by mmasound last month, where UFC fans could not believe what they had seen.
“Tough chin, bro,” one said.
Another commented: “the real-life Terminator.”
While a third made a big prediction for UFC 254, with: “He’s going to win.”
And a fourth added; “Goethe’s truly one of a king.”
It comes as the American sent a warning to Khabib ahead of the fight in Abu Dhabi.
Speaking on Michael Bisping’s Believe You Me podcast, Goethe said: “There’s going to be a zone in front of me, it’s not very big.
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“It’s gonna be a zone of death, and I have to represent death every time he enters this zone.
“That’s what I’m best at, creating carnage. Creating car crashes.
“I have never not come out of the cage with my opponent not being broken from physical damage.
“He’s never not walked out with a lot of physical damage, so we’re going to see who’s going to impose their will.
“It’ll be interesting. I do think it’ll be a battle for the ages.”