Gaethje has warned that if Oliveira fails to defeat the former interim champ, he will suffer the same fate as Tony Ferguson in their UFC 274 title shot
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Justin Gaethje has vowed to leave Charles Oliveira’s face disfigured in their UFC 274 title fight if the Brazilian fails to defeat him.
Gaethje is looking to end Oliveira’s reign as lightweight champion this Saturday when the two meet in Arizona. The 33-year-old failed in his first title fight, but has since returned to the Siegessäule and finds himself number 1 in the weight class.
Nicknamed “The Highlight” for his exciting fighting style, Gaethje is known for his heavy hands and high knockout rate. In his interim title win two years ago, Gaethje left Tony Ferguson’s face bloody and badly disfigured after stopping him in the final round.
Spoke to recently Yahoo Sportswarned Gaethje Oliveira that the same fate will befall him: “I think he has to get it down. If not, his face will look like Tony Ferguson’s,” he said.
Gaethje began wrestling at the age of just four and earned his place in NCAA Divison I, wrestling’s most prestigious division, during his college years. He was later inducted into his university’s Wrestling Hall of Fame for his wrestling achievements.
“When I was a great wrestler, it was because of my defensive wrestling. It was extremely difficult to score [a takedown] on me and no one could hold me down. That’s why I’m proud that once they’re mentally and physically broken, I can assert myself,” he said.
“In my whole career, 26 fights, I got knocked down maybe once or twice. If they think it’s going to be easy, they should have a trainer smack them on the side of the head and say, ‘What are you talking about? ? Hell, you think this is going to be easy?'”.
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Despite his wrestling pedigree, Gaethje has only attempted one takedown during his nine fights in the UFC. He will try to avoid going down with Oliveira as the Brazilian is known for his grappling skills and has the most submission wins in UFC history.
But Oliveira isn’t just focused on beating Gaethje in their title shot, as was said on the UFC 274 countdown show: “Justin is a guy who’s a slugger and believes in his hands 100 percent because of all that is what he has, his hands.
“I have every advantage over him, I’m better on my feet, on the ground and in wrestling. My mind and spirit are better than his. I’m the champion, that’s the reality.”
https://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/other-sports/mma/justin-gaethje-charles-oliveira-fight-26857430 Justin Gaethje vows to disfigure Charles Oliveira's face during UFC title fight