‘He’s a Tornado of Fists and Kicks’- Eddie Alvarez Says He Has No Intention to Ever Rematch Justin Gaethje Again

Published 05/29/2021, 9:40 AM EDT


Former UFC lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez took to Twitter and responded to Michael Chandler’s recent comments about his prediction. ‘The Underground King’ predicted that Chandler would face some major adversity if he stepped into the cage against Justin Gaethje. However, Chandler believes Gaethje wouldn’t be much of a problem and that a highlight-reel KO was on deck.

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Alvarez made sure to hit back at Chandler’s recent comments and also provided some in-depth insight into Gaethje as a competitor. Eddie Alvarez went to war against Justin Gaethje at UFC 218 and pulled off a violent third-round stoppage win. However, despite coming out victorious over Gaethje, Eddie Alvarez made it clear that he has no intention of re-matching Gaethje ever again.

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Justin Gaethje puts forth a ferocious pace on his opponents that is very often virtually impossible to replicate in training. His fighting style takes a massive toll on his own body and on the body of his opponents. MMA pundits believe that Tony Ferguson’s career decline can be attributed to the hellacious beating he received from Gaethje.

Justin Gaethje: A proven force

An avid MMA fan would understand where Alvarez is coming from, with regards to his comments on not wanting to rematch Gaethje. ‘The Underground King’ has proven throughout his career that he will face anyone and everyone. However, the toll that fighting Gaethje takes on an opponent’s mind and body isn’t something to take lightly.

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After focusing on Trevor Wittman’s striking tutelage, Justin Gaethje has evolved from a wild fighter to a more controlled assassin. He’s able to systematically break down his opponents with crushing leg kicks and crisp hooks. As the fight wears on, his superior cardio usually takes over leaving the opponent to drown in quicksand.

Chiefly, this is what makes Khabib Nurmagomedov’s win over Justin Gaethje at UFC 254 all the more impressive. ‘The Eagle’ made sure to stick to his game plan and was able to absorb certain unavoidable blows to get into a dominant position. Time will be the only indication as to whether Justin Gaethje will rise to be the boogeyman of the lightweight division in Nurmagomedov’s absence.

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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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