Justin Gaethje could be recognised for his combat intelligence and longevity inside of of the Octagon, but undefeated UFC lightweight winner Khabib Nurmagmedov believes he’s superior in equally aspects.
Nurmagomedov, who is anticipated to defend his 155-pound title reverse Gaethje at UFC 254 on Oct. 24, is the most dominant fighter in the sport right now. The undefeated Russian winner has only misplaced just one spherical inside of of the Octagon and that came towards Conor McGregor two many years go. It is an remarkable statistic and one particular of Khabib’s greatest accomplishment during his 12-struggle UFC tenure.
Offered his past achievements and existing skill set, Nurmagomedov believes he’s likely to have each and every edge more than Gaethje for their title unification bout afterwards this month. That involves his capacity to split down an opponent and apply the great gameplan.
“I do not feel it is likely to be a chess match, you know?” Nurmagomedov instructed reporters for the duration of UFC 254’s pre-battle digital media working day (replay Below). “I imagine my struggle IQ is a great deal far better than Justin Gaethje’s. He’s just a difficult male. He likes fighting. He likes blood, you know? He’s like a authentic warrior. But when we discuss about combating IQ, I imagine my battling IQ is significantly superior than his, you know?”
When a lot of contemplate Gaethje one particular of the most very well-rounded fighters at 155 lbs . nowadays and a dude who does well with in-struggle adjustments, Khabib credits that success to Gaethje’s head coach, Trevor Wittman. According to Nurmagomedov, it is Wittman who pulls the strings and presents Gaethje the route he requires.
“I think Justin, he has a quite superior mentor – just my feeling,” Nurmagomedov said. “He has a great coach. If you can watch his very last fight with Tony Ferguson, obtaining cornered him, (Wittman) gave him extremely excellent tips. I assume he has a extremely fantastic and incredibly fantastic coach. Of course, Justin can struggle. He can go deep. He has heart. But if you are chatting about combating IQ, I feel I have a lot superior than him.”
Thinking about Khabib has never ever dropped and has hardly ever even appeared to be in trouble inside of of the Octagon it’s tricky to disagree with his views. But this is the combat game and anything is feasible. Gaethje has been on an absolute tear of late and if Nurmagomedov isn’t careful he could really well taste defeat for the very first time in his specialist profession.
“I’m going to test wrestling with him,” Nurmagomedov said. “If he’s heading to defend my takedown one time, I’m heading to try 2nd, third, (all the way to) 100 situations. Of system, I’m going to box with him and kick with him. It’s likely to be kickboxing and wrestling – like, mixed. My purpose is to make him drained. I’m likely to make him drained. This is my objective. It’s possible in Spherical No. 3 or Round No. 4, my approach is (to) complete him.”
UFC 254 will go down on Oct. 24 stay on ESPN+ PPV from within Flash Discussion board on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi, U.A.E., with Khabib vs. Gaethje serving as the key celebration.
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