Justin Gaethje calls Charles Oliveira less dangerous than Khabib Nurmagomedov, questions champion’s resolve.

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Gaethje challenges Charles Oliveira for the lightweight championship at UFC 274, which takes put Saturday at Impression Center in Phoenix. It’s Gaethje’s moment endeavor to become undisputed winner after a misfortune to Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 254 in October 2020. Nurmagomedov, widely considered to be the most noteworthy lightweight in MMA history, required less than one and a half rounds to yield Gaethje. In comparing that battle with his matchup with Oliveira, Gaethje framed Nurmagomedov as a totally distinctive creature than his upcoming opponent.

They’re unquestionably not the same athlete,” Gaethje said. “And Charles certainly isn’t more perilous than Khabib. His capacity to require harm isn’t the same, proven through the times we’ve seen him battle. All my feedback of Charles is from a kid that we were talking approximately, that we all observed grow, and presently we’re talking around a man with certainty. It’s a different individual, but eventually the same Charles is still there. “The same Charles that fought Cub Swanson. The same Charles that fought Donald Cerrone. The same Charles that battled [Anthony] Pettis. Choices were made in that by him and the choice to stopped was made, and I’m reaching to give him that choice on Saturday night, I ensure that.

The book on Oliveira utilized to be that he was an exceptional ability who couldn’t beat beat competition and who too battled to create weight when he was competing at 145 pounds. In any case, taking after a 10-8 (1 NC) begin to his career, Oliveira has shaken off 10 straight wins at lightweight, getting to be UFC winner and knocking off contenders like Dustin Poirier, Michael Chandler, Tony Ferguson and Kevin Lee. So has Oliveira done sufficient to overcome that past narrative? “I think that’s genuine, in any case, once a quitter always a coward,” Gaethje said. “I’m not calling him a defeatist, but I’m saying that’s you can’t fair take that absent. It’s there. Khabib never appeared you that, and that’s why you can’t compare those two.

Gaethje moreover talked almost the laments he had from the Nurmagomedov fight, specifically that he battled defensively as contradicted to utilizing his regular aggressive fashion. The 33-year-old is known as one of the foremost energizing fighters in the history of MMA and plans to show that side of himself when he steps into the cage with Oliveira. “My strategy was gonna be to sidestep [against Nurmagomedov], and that’s the primary and as it were time I’ve had that mentality, and it won’t happen on Saturday,” Gaethje said. “If he walks through me, then great for him, but I won’t be moving backward.” Oliveira won the empty UFC lightweight title following Nurmagomedov’s retirement; he wrapped up Chandler through strikes at UFC 262 and after that guarded the belt by submitting Poirier at UFC 260. In both bouts, the Brazilian champ appeared he may overcome adversity before finding a stoppage.

An excerpt mmafighting.com

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