The Man to Beat Khabib?! Analyzing Justin Gaethje and His Chances Against the Champion

Well that was quite the performance to say the least.

Justin Gaethje was always a good fighter, but we learned just how good with his latest victory over the always dangerous veteran Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone. What we saw wasn’t the Justin Gaethje of old, the fighter who would eat two strikes to deliver one of his own. Instead, we saw a new and improved fighter with the willingness to stick to a game plan and get the job done against one of his most dangerous opponents.

From what we saw out of Justin Gaethje last Saturday night showed the kind of patience, game planning, and diligence one needs to lock horns with UFC Lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov. You can’t simply throw and hope against Khabib nor can you be content to simply engage in the wrestling with the champion. It’s going to take a proper mix of talents to give Khabib a run for his money.

Many people are pointing to Tony Ferguson as the man that will upset the balance at Lightweight and hand Khabib Nurmagomedov his first defeat.

Interesting thing though: Justin Gaethje just put himself in the conversation with his latest knockout win.

From his footwork to his reaction time to following an intelligent game plan, Justin Gaethje seems up to the challenge of taking on Khabib Nurmagomedov. If you need further proof of that then check out the detailed video below displaying what makes Justin Gaethje so dangerous and how his recent style shift supports the idea that he can defeat the champion.

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