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I'm glad he mentioned staying off the fence. When was the last time we saw Khabib fight going backwards? His game plan is usually to pressure you against the fence then he goes to work. Khabib is nowhere near as effective getting a takedown when he has to shoot for one in the middle of the octagon.

We've seen in the past that Gaethje is the type of nutter that will take a few shots or ten to land his one or two back. With Khabib I think gaining control of the octagon is as important as anything to stopping the takedown. "Feetwork" indeed.

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The only round that Khabib has clearly lost since 2012 was against McGregor. In that round, he defended well against McGregor's strikes, but spent much of the round on the backfoot. 

If Khabib is going to lose anytime soon it will probably be against a fighter who is able to stay positioned in the middle of the octagon and have him moving backwards. Gaethje is perhaps the only lightweight with the skills to implement that gameplan against Khabib. 

At the moment, I think it is a 50/50 fight. Khabib is the better fighter overall, but styles make fights, and Justin is all wrong for him. 

 

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