‘He’s no. 1 P4P, there’s no giving him my recommendation’ – Justin Gaethje on helping former UFC champ Kamaru Usman through KO loss
Few warring parties ever get the danger to fly as prime for just about as long as Kamaru Usman did. The former NCAA D-II nationwide champion wrestler held the UFC welterweight identify for 1,267 days, through 5 a hit identify defenses, prior to being unseated this remaining August through Leon Edwards.
It wasn’t simply the loss that was once so stunning, alternatively, however how it all went down. Through a just about 10-yr professional MMA occupation, Usman had simplest been defeated as soon as—in 2013, through submission. He’d by no means been knocked out and even did not win in a battle that he had so firmly in keep watch over heading into the later rounds.
Although the ‘Nigerian Nightmare’ has in large part disregarded any supposition that the loss may had been particularly onerous on him, given the instances it could hardly ever be unexpected if he had completed a bit of soul looking out within the weeks after dropping his belt. In a contemporary interview with Combat Culture, buddy and teammate Justin Gaethje talked slightly about what recommendation he’s been in a position to provide Usman on methods to leap again from his first KO loss. Mostly, it sort of feels, Gaethje feels that it’s all about point of view.
“I mean, he’s no. 1 pound-for-pound, there’s no giving him my advice,” Gaethje admitted when requested about Usman’s loss. “I’m there as a pal, as a teammate. And my process is to remind him that once we have been youngsters we were given stuck on our backs, now we get stuck on our chin. It’s the similar recreation. When we were given stuck on our again at 6-years-outdated it was once simply as devastating as getting stuck on our chin now, as a result of we knew not anything then. That was once our existence, that was once the whole lot then.
Gaethje additionally mentioned renovating his fitness center, renovating his nostril, and his time left in blended martial arts.
“I have two or three hard, hard fights left,” Gaethje published, including that his bouts with Chandler and Ferguson simplest partly counted towards that overall. “Whenever I would rather live than compete anymore. But, we’re nowhere near there.”
No phrase but on when the ‘Highlight’ may go back to motion. He himself admitted that he most probably wouldn’t be up for any more or less quick identify shot from the impending bout between Charles Oliveira & Islam Makhachev, however hopes to battle the winner from one of the vital UFC’s different prime profile light-weight bookings.
As for Usman, there’s no date focused in this day and age, however expectancies are that he’ll get a right away rematch in opposition to Edwards at a but to be named UFC match, someday in early 2023—in all probability on UK soil.