I think Gaethje may have already provided the most entertaining fight this year but this one against Khabib is looking like it has the potential to be everything that Izzy V Costa wasn't.
I rewatched some of Khabib's fights this weekend. He's a straight-up monster and right up there with GSP in terms of likeability. Full of respect and not interested in the BS that most other fighters are. Probably my favourite fighter since GSP.
Gaethje is just an honest warrior. Also very likeable and a great striker...that actually came into the UFC as a wrestler. Having looked back at some of his fights, the guy does have a great sprawl and is by no means easy to take down.
A really tricky proposition for Khabib.
While replaying Connor Vs Khabib I realised two things. Connor did better than I initially thought and, more importantly, Khabib struggled to get him down and make it count until the fourth round when he finished him.
Barring some unexpected KO, I think Gaethje might try to follow Connor's gameplan but sprawl more efficiently and spend no/very little time on his back. All of Khabib's damage is donewhen he takes opponents down adjacent to the fence, gets them in awkward positions and then finishes with ground and pound. Gaethje has already said that if he gets caught with his back to the fence he'll lose.
So no secrets in this one. Just a propper contest of gameplan and skill between two great champs !