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Something about this matchup. In Gaethje you have a closeup brawler, good wrestling, stoping power in both hands, leg kicks, elite cardio. Lesser wrestlers have gone the distance with Kabib. For some reason I see upset.
 

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Khabib could have an advantage in wrestling/grappling cardio.

We haven't seen much of Gaethje's wrestling/grappling game, its hard to say.

If Gaethje inflicts enough damage he could also level the playing field there.

Gaethje is one of the worst stylistic match ups for Khabib as far as 155 goes.
 

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This will certainly be an interesting fight to be sure and it might reflect the matches between Randy Couture and Chuck Liddell who both had wrestling backgrounds but one used it for sprawl and brawl and the other continued using it for techncial fighting.
 

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Well there were times that Gaethje looked like he might be close to winning but in the end he not only lost, he got submitted unconscious. However, with Khabib retiring it maybe possible for Justin to still get a shot and might in fact win the title. Only time will tell.
 

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Dana says Khabib went into this fight with a broken foot and two broken toes.

That could explain why Khabib walked Gaethje down rather than shooting in like he normally might.
 

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The 1st kick Robert Whittaker landed also seems to have broken/fractured Jared Cannonier's arm.

Which explains why Cannonier didn't bring it and let his hands go the way he normally does.
 

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Yeah I honestly thought that Cannonier would win that fight but Whittaker was able to be the technical fighter that he is and defeated him. Not the most flashy match but it got the job done. Now the question is who does Israel face next cause he said that if Jared won he would get the next title shot.
 

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Whittaker looked so much better vs Cannonier than he did vs Darren Till.

I don't know what changes or adjustments he made but they're definitely working.
 

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Well he's a smart enough guy that knows how to adjust things based on his performance as well as the input from his coaches.
 
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