Does Justin Gaeth have an answer to Khabib Nurmagomedov's wrestling? This is a question we may encounter the most in the days leading up to the big UFC 254 event. 'The Highlight' definitely has a very good defense against wrestling.
He has shown it many times and it shouldn't surprise anyone, because wrestling is a sport that he started playing when he was only four years old ... Gaethje was also a two-time Arizona champion during his career as a high school representative at Safford, and somewhat later became both an NCAA Division I and All-American wrestler during a period spent at the University of Northern Colorado.
But is he good enough for Khabib?
Difference between wrestling
This topic was also touched upon by the current UFC lightweight champion, who pointed out at the press conference that there is a big difference between the Dagestani and American style of wrestling.
The point seems to be in endurance, and maybe that's what makes Nurmagmed special and specific: his way of wrestling. The Dagestani way of wrestling seems to emphasize endurance more, while the American way of strength emphasizes it more.
"I think there is a big difference. I am aware that he can wrestle, but wrestle for 25 minutes? I just said today (to Daniel Cormier) - when was the last time you fought Stipe Miocic, you grabbed his leg once, knocked him down, but quickly you got back on your feet And that was it, you're done" " You spent all the other minutes on your feet But there's a big difference between me and DC If I try to knock down (Gaethje) once and he shows a good defense, I'll to keep doing it all night.
It's a big difference between American and Dagestani wrestling, "Khabib concluded. The undefeated Nurmagomedov praised Gaethje's 'kicks' in the same address, but also pointed out in further analysis that "everyone is good while the fight is on its feet"
"As soon as I grab them, the situation changes a bit. But I think he knows how to wrestle more than Dustin Poirier, Conor McGregor and others. So it will be a bit harder against him, but I'm ready to try to bring him down 100 times if necessary.
"Saturday night will be very interesting. He is very dangerous in the first round. I think he and Conor are the most dangerous characters in the first round, but if we talk about the second, third ... Then they become something like ordinary fighters," Khabib concluded who will chase the 29th victory from the same number of performances on Saturday in Abu Dhabi.