UFC light-weight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov has built his prediction for his UFC 254 title protection in opposition to interim champion Justin Gaethje.
Gaethje is widely regarded as the toughest foe Nurmagomedov has faced to date, but the undisputed champion sees a apparent path to victory in the battle. He intends to do the very same issue he always does: chase takedowns right until he’s acquired his foe where by he wants him.
“Nothing changes,” Nurmagomedov explained at the latest UFC 254 media day (through MMA Preventing). “I’m likely to check out wrestling with him. If he’s going to defend my takedowns for a prolonged time, I’m heading to check out next, 3rd, I’m going to attempt 100 moments.
“Of class, I’m heading to box with him. I’m heading to kick with him. It’s likely to be kickboxing and wrestling blended.”
Nurmagomedov is thought of a person of the finest grapplers in MMA. Even nevertheless, securing the takedown in opposition to Gaethje, a adorned wrestler in his have ideal, will not be easy, but the winner thinks its doable.
“I think he has great wrestling defense, very excellent wrestling protection,” Nurmagomedov mentioned about Gaethje. “He appreciates how to wrestle. He’s wrestled pretty much all his daily life. But I really don’t assume the past 5, 6 yrs, he utilized his wrestling how I use. Due to the fact I usually use my wrestling. In education, within the cage, simply because wrestling and prime control, this is what make me champion. I do not believe the final pair of yrs he gets to be a really great wrestler.
“He has the base, like you have when he was a child, but right now anything has changed. Of class, he is aware how defend if a person attempt to take him down and we all know about his conditioning, as well. If I’m heading to assault him the 1st two rounds, the third spherical I feel he’s likely [to be] finished. For the reason that he don’t have great conditioning.”
Nurmagomedov also believes he can outfox Gaethje in the Octagon by relying on his superior struggle IQ—although he acknowledges his upcoming foe has lots of intangibles to rely on as perfectly.
“I assume my combating IQ is substantially much better than Justin Gaethje,” Nurmagomedov reported. “He’s just a tricky guy. He like preventing. He like blood. He’s like real warrior but when we communicate about combating IQ, I believe my fighting IQ is a lot much better than he has.
“Of training course, Justin can struggle. He can go deep. He has heart. But if you are speaking battling IQ, I assume I have significantly much better than him.”
If Nurmagomedov is capable to execute his gameplan, he thinks he’ll be equipped to tire his challenger out, and complete him in the 3rd or fourth spherical.
“My objective is to make him worn out,” Nurmagomedov mentioned. “I’m heading to make him worn out. This is my target. Possibly round No. 3 or round No. 4, my strategy is complete him.”
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