Justin Gaethje is a master at preparing exactly for his opponent. He stepped in as an eleventh-hour replacement for Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 249. At the event, he fought Tony Ferguson who spent months preparing for a grappler and shocked him with a brutal punching offense that fractured his orbital bone. As a result, he claimed a Lightweight unification Championship match against Khabib Nurmagomedov. However, ‘The Highlight’ has suffered a setback in preparation for the massive fight.
Justin Gaethje suffers injury in training
As per ‘The Highlight’s Instagram story he suffered an accidental knock on his chin. He wrote, “Going to need a few stitches today. Caught an accidental head butt during wrestling today.”
Here, the UFC Interim Lightweight Champion has kind of revealed that he is preparing for a grappling match against the best grappler in the division. Fans view ‘The Highlight’ as the only one who can hold a candle to ‘The Eagle’ on the mat. This is because the American is no slouch and was an NCAA- Division I All-American in his college days.
He has largely stayed away from wrestling in the cage. This is because 19 of his 22 career wins have come via TKO and KO. However, he knows he will be taken to the ground against Nurmagomedov and is readying himself for a war to extend his win streak.
‘The Highlight’ has won 4 in a row with 3 first-round finishes. First against James Vick at Fight Night: Gaethje vs Vick, second against Edson Barboza at Fight Night: Barboza vs Gaethje. And third against Donald Cerrone at Fight Night: Cowboy vs Gaethje.
At UFC 249, referee Herb Dean stopped the fight with 81 seconds left in the final round.
‘The Highlight’ will be going for a 5th win and if he is successful he will snap ‘The Eagle’s 28 fight win streak spread across a 12-year professional fighting career.
Fans need not worry about ‘The Highlight’s injury as it will surely heal well in time ahead of the proposed date in September.
Do you see Justin Gaethje being able to shock the world and beat Khabib Nurmagomedov? Also, what do you make of his nasty injury?
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