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Justin Gaethje vs Islam Makhachev preview
When is Gaethje vs Makhachev?
Justin Gaethje could potentially face Islam Makhachev, in Spring 2022.
The fight would be scheduled for 5 rounds in the Lightweight division, which means the weight limit would be 155 pounds (11.1 stone or 70.3 KG).
Gaethje vs Makhachev stats
Justin Gaethje would step into the octagon with a record of 24 wins, 4 loses and 0 draws, 19 of those wins coming by the way of knock out and 1 by submission.
Islam Makhachev would make his way to the cage with a record of 24 wins, 1 loss and 0 draws, with 4 of those wins by knock out and 11 by submission.
The stats suggest Gaethje would have a massive power advantage over Makhachev, boasting at 79% knock out percentage over Makhachev's 17%.
If the fight goes to the ground, their records suggest Makhachev would have a massive advantage over Gaethje, boosting at 46% submission rate over Gaethje's 4%.
Justin Gaethje is the older man by 3 years, at 34 years old.
Gaethje has a height advantage of 1 inch over Makhachev. Despite this, both fighters have equal reach.
Gaethje is currently arguably the more experienced fighter, having had 3 more fights, and made his debut in 2011, 1 year later than Makhachev, whose first professional fight was in 2010. He has fought 6 more professional rounds, 59 to Makhachev's 53.
Gaethje vs Makhachev form
Gaethje has beaten 3 of his last 5 opponents, stopping 1 of them, going to the judges twice.
In his last fight, he defeated Rafael Fiziev at UFC 286 on 18th March 2023 by majority decision in their 3 round contest at o2 Arena, London, United Kingdom.
Previous to that, he had been beaten by Charles Oliveira at UFC 274 on 7th May 2022 by majority decision in the 1st round in their UFC Lightweight championship fight at Jeunesse Arena, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Going into that contest, he had defeated Michael Chandler at UFC 268 on 6th November 2021 by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest at Madison Square Garden, New York City, United States.
Before that, he had lost to Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 254 on 24th October 2020 by unanimous decision in the 2nd round in their UFC Lightweight championship fight at UFC Fight Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
He had beat Tony Ferguson at UFC 249 on 9th May 2020 by knockout in the 5th round at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena, Jacksonville, United States.
Makhachev has won 5 of his most recent fights, stopping 1 of them, going the distance 4 times.
In his last fight, he won against Alexander Volkanovski at UFC 284 on 11th February 2023 by unanimous decision in their UFC Lightweight championship fight at RAC Arena, Perth, Western Australia.
Previous to that, he had won against Charles Oliveira at UFC 280 on 22nd October 2022 by submission in the 2nd round in their UFC Lightweight championship fight at Etihad Arena, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
Going into that contest, he had beat Bobby Green at UFC Fight Night on 26th February 2022 by knockout in the 1st round at UFC APEX, Las Vegas, United States.
Before that, he had defeated Dan Hooker at UFC 267 on 30th October 2021 by submission in the 1st round.
He had won against Thiago Moises at UFC Vegas 31 on 17th July 2021 by submission in the 4th round at UFC APEX, Las Vegas, United States.
In terms of recent activity, Islam Makhachev has been fighting more than Justin Gaethje.
Justin Gaethje last fought 6 days ago, while Islam Makhachev's last outing was 1 month and 13 days ago.
Gaethje's last 5 fights have come over a period of 2 years, 10 months and 15 days, meaning he has been fighting on average every 6 months and 28 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 14 rounds, meaning that they have lasted 2.8 rounds on average.
Makhachev's last 5 fights have come over a period of 1 year, 8 months and 7 days, meaning he has been fighting on average every 4 months and 3 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 13 rounds, meaning that they have lasted 2.6 rounds on average.
What are the odds on Gaethje vs Makhachev?
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