Justin Gaethje Says the Way Kamaru Usman Has Been Preparing, Colby Covington is in Big Trouble

Published 10/07/2021, 8:43 AM EDT


UFC lightweight Justin Gaethje spoke to ‘The Schmo’ ahead of his upcoming bout that is set for UFC 268 against Michael Chandler. ‘The Highlight’ finally returns to action after spending nearly a year away from active competition at lightweight. He last competed at UFC 254 where he was submitted via triangle choke by Khabib Nurmagomedov for back in October 2020.

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Gaethje will be competing on the same card as his teammate Kamaru Usman who will headline the pay-per-view. Both men train under the watchful eye of Trevor Whitman and have spent a meaningful amount of time learning from each other. Gaethje was asked to share his view on Usman’s upcoming rematch with Colby Covington and Gaethje provided a deep dive.

DALLAS, TX – MAY 12: Justin Gaethje speaks to the media during the UFC Summer Kickoff Press Conference at the American Airlines Center on May 12, 2017 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

“I don’t think it’s going to go any different. I think he’s going to TKO him, hopefully earlier. He fought Masvidal twice. You saw him fight the first time and you saw him fight the second time. He’s be working with Trevor. His confidence in his striking has increased exponentially since that first fight so that will be the difference.”

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Kamaru Usman vs Colby Covington I- What went down at UFC 245

The main event for UFC 245 between Covington and Usman played out to be an instant ‘Fight of the Year’ candidate. Both men went to war right from the get-go and the fight nearly went the distance. However, ‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ pushed Covington just past his limits and earned the TKO stoppage in round five.

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To this day, many fans believe that Covington pushed Usman further than anyone in recent memory. There’s a lot of expectations from Colby Covington to once again deliver in a huge way. Fans believe he has the style and the cardio to take Usman into deep waters and help produce yet another ‘Fight of the Year’ classic.

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However, Usman has evolved his skill set in a major way since he first encountered Covington at UFC 245. In fact, he has honed in his striking in every single subsequent fight and has looked as dangerous as ever. It’s very possible that Usman has elevated his game far beyond the competition at welterweight.

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Darryl Pinto

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Darryl Pinto is a senior MMA writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his graduate degree in Mass Media (with a specialization in Journalism) out of Xavier’s College and has a year's experience in his current role. Darryl specializes in predictions, reporting, and covering UFC events live.

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