Former middleweight champion Robert Whittaker is currently in Abu Dhabi for his upcoming fight against Jared Cannonier which is to co-headline at UFC 254 on October 24. The scheduled Fight Island event is headlined by the lightweight title bout between the champion Khabib Nurmagomedov and Justin Gaethje.
The Reaper talked to Radio Submission about the most anticipated title unification bout and shared his thoughts about the fight. Rob believes Khabib's wrestling will help him win another title defense match unless the Highlight catches him with a surprise strike.
“How do you beat him? You catch him. You can’t catch him! Because he’s got a chin made out of granite. You’d have to catch him as he’s driving forward with a flying knee and it has to be massive. And I’m pretty sure even while he’s half out, he’ll still shoot for a single and grab it.”
Robert also believes Khabib will dominate the fight and will come victorious. However, he also praised Justin and thinks the former WSOF athlete will be a problem to the Eagle.
“I just don’t see it. Honestly, I the only way I think you can beat Khabib is if you fight fire with fire — and that’s if you tried out wrestling him, you took it to him in the wrestling. But how do you outwrestle Khabib? I think that’s the only way, though. To spam wrestle him because it stops him from being offensive so you be offensive on him and mate, that’s hard. You got to turn it into a five-round wrestling match.”
“He’s [Gaethje] such a good fighter. I think honestly, he’s going to give Khabib one of his toughest tests for sure.”