Justin Gaethje is far from done and will definitely make an attempt to fight for the lightweight title once again; in his previous encounter as a title challenger, he fought against Khabib Nurmagomedov and got triangle choked in the second round.
However, it is worth knowing that Gaethje won the opening round and landed good shots. But as soon as it came to grappling and ground game, Khabib didn’t hesitate in flaunting his dominance and took advantage of Gaethje’s weakness.
Justin Gaethje will be fighting Dustin Poirier this weekend for the vacant BMF title, and the winner will definitely get one step closer to fighting for the prestigious UFC lightweight belt.
Justin Gaethje on Islam Makhachev
Recently in an interview with Shakiel Mahjouri, Justin Gaethje shared his thoughts on Islam Makhachev’s future fights and reflects on how intense his training camps are.
“If we’re going off of what we know then it’s gonna be [Alexander] Volkanovski because he already fought him and it was a really close fight,” Gaethje said as quoted by mmafighting.com. “I’ve never fought him, Poirier’s never fought him.
I guess if you want to say someone it could be the 125-pound champion (Alexandre Pantoja). Who knocked him out? I was gonna make fun of [Brendan Schaub] ... I’ve made fun of him so much. “I think Volkanovski is the answer for now, but I can’t wait to get in there.
I know for a fact he’s not Khabib and I want to go in there and prove that”. I’ve just been through 12 weeks of training. Gaethje further said: Extremely hard, six days a week, and your body gets broken down.
It’s something that you really got to focus on is understanding you gotta go through a healing process every single time you step in there. “The physical aspect, but I would say even the mental aspect, is a traumatic life experience every time you step in there.
And you really gotta take some time to heal every time you do that”.