This will be a lightweight division bout between current champion Khabib Nurmagomedov and interim champion Justin Gaethje. Both fighters know each other very well, so Justin Gaethje vs Khabib Nurmagomedov should be a classy fight, however, that will not stop either one from trying to break an opponent. To have more insights on this UFC Justin Gaethje vs Khabib Nurmagomedov fight, please read our preview below.
Nurmagomedov (28-0, 12-0 UFC) is considered one of the greatest fighters in MMA history with an unmatched ground game while Gaethje (22-2, 5-2 UFC) is viewed as one of the sports’ best strikers. But Gaethje also was a Div. 1 All-American wrestler, and his all-around game may prove to be the most difficult test yet for the undefeated Nurmagomedov. Nevertheless, Khabib has much higher endurance, which might be a key in this fight, if they will turn it into a grappling fight. So far, he managed to out-grapple every opponent, but none of them had such grappling skills as Justin Gaethje, therefore, it might be dangerous for Russian to try this tactic. Khabib was never well known for his striking skills. This might be the biggest weakness in this fight.
After his loss to Dustin Poirier, Justin seems to be resurfaced and finally looks like a fighter everyone expected him to be. So far, no one has tried to grapple with him, most likely, because opponents prefer a stand-up fight. But Justin has a very heavy hand and one-punch knockout power. So it could be a very clever strategy to turn the fight into a standing match and wait for Khabibs mistake. However, this was the same tactic that MacGregor used, and he was mauled whole fight, so Gaethje must learn from that fight and try to keep the fight in the centre of the cage. However, it is very hard to presume what tactics both fighters will use because Russian can’t use the same fighting way in every fight, because he becomes predictable, and Gaethje must find a way to surprise an undefeated opponent.
Khabib Nurmagomedov vs Justin Gaethje H2H
Both fighters have never faced each other before.