Former UFC interim lightweight champion Justin Gaethje takes on undisputed reigning UFC lightweight champion Charles Oliveira at UFC 274. Addressing the highly anticipated matchup, the MMA legend Michael Bisping suggested the pressure was more on Gaethje than Oliveira ahead of their fight.
In conversation with co-hosts Adam Catterall and Nick Peet on BT Sport UFC 274 PreviewBisping highlighted the significant challenge Gaethje faces at UFC 274. ‘The Highlight’ had previously fought for the undisputed lightweight belt in October 2020, losing via second-round submission to then-champion Khabib. Nurmagomedov.
The upcoming fight against Oliveira would mark Gaethje’s second shot at the undisputed lightweight title. Bisping thinks that if ‘The Highlight’ fails to win the undisputed title one more time, he’s unlikely to get a third chance:
“He [Oliveira] is up against the human highlight reel, Justin Gaethje, who presents a very unique challenge. I don’t think Oliveira can take him down. On the feet, Justin Gaethje hits incredibly hard; crazy leg kicks, awesome terrain and pound, tank of gas for days. And he knows the pressure is on because he lost the world title fight to Khabib, right? Now he gets a second hit. Third title fights, I don’t know if they’re coming, so a lot of pressure in this one. I can’t wait.”
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Dan Hardy warns Charles Oliveira what to watch out for against Justin Gaethje
UFC lightweight kingpin Charles Oliveira is set to defend his belt against widely revered knockout artist Gaethje to headline UFC 274 on May 7. In a recent video on the official BT Sport YouTube channel, former UFC fighter Dan Hardy weighed in on the fight and warned Oliveira against Gaethje’s right hand.
‘The Outlaw’ warned Oliveira to exercise a high degree of caution when hitting ‘The Highlight’s right hand, especially when within range:
“One thing Charles Oliveira needs to be wary of… Oliveira has to be very careful when in range of Gaethje because that right hand comes out of nowhere and it’s not like it’s an uneducated knockdown that he close your eyes and wings to the He’s a very adaptable right hand.”
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