Khabib Nurmagomedov and Justin Gaethje will meet for the UFC light-weight title in Abu Dhabi on Saturday at UFC 254.
Battle Island performs host to one more monster title match-up, which is stay on talkSPORT, and whereas The Russian enters this scrap at 28-0, many consider Gaethje is the person with the very best likelihood of beating him.
The pair got here face-to-face for his or her pre-fight press convention on the seaside the place the challenger made it clear his eyes are on the prize.
By initially changing Khabib for his title struggle with Tony Ferguson in Might, Gaethje gained the interim belt and in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday, made it clear he sees it as meaningless.
However who will stroll away with the true gold?
Ben Askren (former UFC welterweight)
I feel it’s fascinating. I’m very curious to see what occurs. I feel Justin’s very clearly the very best wrestler that Khabib has fought for a really very long time after which quantity two on that’s he hits actually arduous and he kicks actually arduous!
Every thing he does is difficult and I’m very curious to see how that performs out. I feel he has likelihood to beat him and if Khabib can Khabib him, I’ll be very impressed.
Jan Blachowicz (UFC light-heavyweight champion)
Khabib goes to win this struggle. Second or third spherical [via] floor and pound or submission. That is what I see once I take into consideration this struggle.
Robert Whittaker (Former UFC middleweight champion)
Khabib’s preventing fashion and prowess – everybody is aware of what he’s going to do! Everybody know, and nobody can cease him. There’s no secret. He doesn’t come into fights with a brand new sport plan.
It doesn’t matter, as a result of he simply is aware of he’s going to take you down and bat the s*** out of you. And that’s it. Each struggle, identical sport plan, identical structure. He is aware of. It’s wonderful to have that form of degree in something within the sport.
There have been very excessive degree guys within the sport throughout the historical past with these type ability units and ultimately, individuals start to determine them out and it turns into arduous for them to get their gameplan off anymore. Not with Khabib.
His gameplan works it doesn’t matter what and that’s wonderful contemplating the extent that he’s at. Wonderful. I don’t see Khabib shedding. I don’t see him shedding ever. The one means you possibly can get near Khabib is preventing fireplace with fireplace, however even then, how do you outwrestle Khabib?
Chael Sonnen (former UFC light-heavyweight title contender)
I might predict that Khabib goes to win however it’s a very attention-grabbing match. Khabib wins each struggle the identical. He throws you down and bludgeons you, however Justin Gaethje has by no means been held down and bludgeoned and he additionally is aware of easy methods to scramble and get again as much as his ft.
These guys that Khabib has held down, they’re not wrestlers, they’re ju-jitsu guys. I don’t know if Gaethje has been refining these expertise over time, however I can inform you Gaethje in school wouldn’t get taken down and held down by Khabib.
I do know that Gaethje is understanding on a regular basis with [UFC middleweight champion] Kamaru Usman who’s a unbelievable wrestler and I might belief that will assist him.
I additionally don’t purchase into the idea that Khabib has to take you down. Historical past tells us he’ll take you down, however he’s stood up a couple of instances when he’s had too or struggled to get guys down and executed nicely.
He put Conor McGregor down in a means that Floyd Mayweather couldn’t. He couldn’t get Al Iaquinta down and that was a straight-up boxing contest. Khabib outstruck Iaquinta.
Daniel Cormier (former UFC light-heavyweight and heavyweight double champion)
I feel he’s going to struggle his hardest opponent. I feel the overwhelming majority of the world feels as if that is the hardest man for him at 155 [pounds]. I feel he’ll be okay.
His skill to coach and put together for this and proceed to work towards the objective that him and his father had collectively will permit for him to possibly come to phrases with all the pieces that’s occurring round him.
Generally you want distraction and also you want motivation in several types. I feel Khabib will use [his father’s death] as motivation. He’s an expert. He’s a professional’s professional and he’s going to organize himself to the very best of his skill.
Paul Felder (UFC light-weight)
That wrestling, proper? I feel whoever goes to offer Khabib the most important problem and actually have the ability to possibly win has to have actually stable wrestling.
And, if Justin needed to, which everyone knows he gained’t, but when he needed to and he needed to attain takedowns, I feel he may. And wouldn’t that flip all the pieces on it’s head if he simply got here out and shot double legs on Khabib? However, he’s not going to [laughs].
Michael Chandler (new UFC light-weight)
If Justin Gaethje reveals up like he did in opposition to Tony Ferguson, he’s placing himself in the very best state of affairs attainable to beat Khabib Nurmagomedov.
However, in case you’re a betting man, you by no means wager in opposition to Khabib. I don’t suppose Gaethje is the person to do it and I don’t say that to prop up my identify or my ability set, however I feel I’m the one one with the instruments to beat Khabib.
I feel it’ll be a much less dominant unanimous resolution than we’re used to seeing with Khabib, nevertheless it’ll be a unanimous resolution nonetheless.
Dustin Poirier (former UFC light-weight interim champion)
[Gaethje’s] positively a adorned, achieved wrestler for certain, however Khabib’s fashion is completely different, it’s not a collegiate fashion.
If Gaethje can keep off the fence, I feel Khabib can have a extremely powerful time taking him down within the open, if Khabib will get him in opposition to the fence I feel Khabib will do what Khabib does.
However, if it stays within the open, Gaethje will give him some issues.
Anthony Smith (former UFC light-heavyweight title challenger)
I simply obtained this Gaethje feeling. No person is unbeatable, however Khabib is about as shut as you’re going to get. When you had been going to construct a human with the instruments to beat somebody like Khabib, you’d identify him Justin Gaethje!
His wrestling is sweet, his footwork is sweet, his leg kicks can fly as a result of Khabib isn’t actually a single or double leg type of man, it’s all chain wrestling meant to get to the clinch in opposition to the fence.
If Gaethje can maintain it within the center, he can sit down on these punches and land these leg kicks.
Everybody is aware of to beat Khabib you’ve obtained to remain off your again, it’s simply nobody has been capable of do it! If Gaethje can’t do it, I don’t know who can.
Eddie Alvarez (former UFC light-weight champion)
I simply can’t image Khabib not taking him down. That match-up, them two on the bottom, there’s such a big hole relating to Khabib’s floor and Justin’s floor that I don’t really feel Justin has the time to make up.
I don’t suppose Gaethje has sufficient motion to cease the takedown. When the struggle does down on the bottom, that’s why I’ll go along with Khabib.
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