Ever since making his “Fight of the Year” outing against Michael Johnson in his UFC debut, current lightweight champion of the world Justin Gaethje has come a long way despite suffering from back to back losses against Dustin Poirier and Eddie Alvarez. Justin Gaethje’s rise inside the octagon can be measured with his clinical performance against former champion Tony Ferguson where he picked up a lopsided stoppage victor to grab the interim belt. Justin Gaethje is set to take on the undefeated king of the lightweight division Khabib Nurmagomedov.
Ahead of the epic showdown, former WSOF champion and one of the most entertaining fighters of all time Justin Gaethje shared his thoughts on the match-up. Gaethje is set to take on Khabib Nurmagomedov in an undisputed unification title match for the UFC lightweight championship in the main event UFC 254.
“The deciding factor was just to not get hit.” Justin Gaethje said about his previous losses inside the octagon. Gaethje lost to Dustin Poirier via way of TKO. Gaethje then further suffered a brutal KO loss to former champion Justin Gaethje.
Justin Gaethje looks back at his two losses inside the UFC
Gaethje weighed the changes he has made since suffering back to back losses inside the octagon. Gaethje stated that his coach, Trevor Wittman, continues to push him to his limits to bring out the best in him.
“I never cared if they could hit me because they never could put me to sleep. When you are in there you can see who’s hitting harder. It’s a very good feeling. Your senses are heightened.” Gaethje said.
We don’t call him the Highlight for no reason. Arguably one of the most entertaining fighters of all time, Justin Gaethje has a huge challenge ahead of him in the form of undefeated Khabib Nurmagomedov.
“No I am facing world-class oppositions. These guys hit harder, they have better timing and they are better athletes. Dustin Poirier does a great left hand and I went, you know.” Gaethje continued, “I was able to understand that I made the same two times in a row. I became to comfortable, too comfortable in the carnage.”