We’re just days away from the return of UFC under the limelight.
This Saturday the interim UFC lightweight championship will be on the line when Tony Ferguson meets Justin Gaethje. “The Highlight” replaced Khabib Nurmagomedov who couldn’t leave Russia due to the coronavirus outbreak.
The winner of Justin – Tony will get a shot at Khabib probably later this year for the lightweight crown and even though the majority of pundits and fans believe “El Cucuy” can’t lose, there’s one man who knows Ferguson is going down.
“Tony Ferguson is a great competitor, 12 wins in a row – but I knock him out cold,” Gaethje said on UFC 249 Countdown.
“I’m gonna fight until I’m finished, or I’m gonna fight until Tony’s finished. That’s what I’ve always done. I possess the power to turn his lights off, and I believe I will.
“My work ethic comes through my genetics,” he said. “Three generations working in the copper mines in Arizona, both sides of my family. You know, hard work was instilled in me. I give max effort and outside that, I don’t care what happens, that’s what makes me so dangerous.”
Gaethje’s head coach, Trevor Wittman, sees that element of danger up close and personal every day in training camp.
“Justin’s got such a unique mental state to him that he’s just like, ‘Oh, who cares?’ That allows him not to hesitate,” Wittman said. “He goes out there and he tries things and he puts on exciting fights.
“So if you got a guy who can go out there and finish people and has been consistent, you’ve got a great shot.”