Justin Gaethje channelized his intimidating side, out of the ring, and has laid out daunting plans for Khabib Nurmagomedov. The two will meet face-to-face on October 24, at UFC 254.
Justin Gaethje broke the silence about his forthcoming clash with Khabib Nurmagomedov, and in a rhetorical way conveyed his vicious plans for his UFC 254 opponent. The Interim Lightweight Champion was a guest this week on Michael Bisping’s “Believe You Me Podcast”, and there he was upfront vocal about his approach on his upcoming fight.
Justin Gaethje’s Plans For Khabib Nurmagomedov
Justin Gaethje is completely focused, and knows what he wants to achieve, and is aware about how big a challenge is in front of him.
The 31-year-old exhibited his offensive trait and said, “We’re not wrestling anymore. There’s gonna be a zone in front of me, it’s not very big. It’s gonna be a zone of death, and I have to represent death every time he enters this zone. That’s what I’m the best at, creating carnage. Creating car crashes.” Gaethje continued, “My only goal when I step in there is to create as many car crashes as possible. Whether it be our bodies hitting, our heads hitting, our f**king shoulders hitting, my fist hitting his head, his fist hitting my head, it doesn’t matter – I need to create car crashes because it’s the only way to beat this guy.”
Gaethje, 22-2, is one of the cleanest strikers in the game. He recently displayed utmost respect towards Nurmagomedov’s achievements but also has confidence in pulling this through. He states, “This is a fight on the highest level. There is no fight with more skill sets, other than submissions – you could bring submissions to the table, but who the f**k needs that? Outside that, this represents the pinnacle of the sport. He’s 28-0. I have two losses, both of those were fights of the year.
I have never not come out of the cage without my opponent being absolutely broken from physical damage. He’s never walked out with a lot of physical damage, so we’re going to see who can impose their will and only one of us will. I do think it’s going to be a battle for the ages.”
Gaethje Knows The Eagle’s Weakness
Justin also reflected upon what he thinks is the area of vulnerability for Khabib, and how he can make the most of it, “I think his biggest weakness is I believe that he thinks he’s infallible. I think if you told him that or brought it to his attention, I believe that he would be very good at explaining to you how he does not believe that, but I believe that he surrounds himself with people who stroke his ego. I believe that culture – this is what I’m counting on anyways – they can stroke your ego, I’ve seen it. I’ve seen it over there. I’ve seen fighters really just surround themselves with a posse that really pumps them up and jacks them up.
At the end of the day, he breathes oxygen. His brain needs to get oxygen. If I can short-circuit that oxygen supply for half a second, then he’ll go to sleep.”
The build-up of the fight is now taking shape in full swing, and come October 24, the encounter for the Lightweight Championship will definitely be a spectacle to watch. And With stakes so high, certainly no fighter holds advantage over the other.
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