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1. Beware, Gaethje gets you
To borrow a line from Sheriff Teasle: What did God have in heaven to make a man like Justin Gaethje? This guy, he struggles as if he owes a debt that can only be repaid in pain and blood – your or his, it doesn't matter. He just has to continue until a sufficient amount of human injury has occurred. And he will actually enjoy it in his own way.
You may think Edson Barboza would be ready to handle it. He is a veteran fighter. He can win a technically striking blow, but he can also go all the blood and yeast when he needs to. But then Gaethje gave him a slugfest, and Barboza couldn't say no. He was also so busy trying to get rid of the Gaethje pressure that he forgot to keep his hands on his way out. Next stop: wind and ghosts.
Now, Gaethje has two just victories after having suffered these two equal losses, and we find ourselves once again wondering what to do about him. Is he legit championship material, or is he just a Rock & # 39; Em Sock & # 39; Em Robot comes to life? In a perfect world, he may even be both.