Eddie Alvarez doesn’t think Justin Gaethje has enough tools on the ground to deal with Khabib Nurmagomedov.
Gaethje (22-2 MMA, 5-2 UFC) will attempt to unify his interim lightweight title with champion Nurmagomedov (28-0 MMA, 12-0 UFC) in the main event of UFC 254, which takes place on Oct. 24 at Yas Island in Abu Dhabi.
Considering Gaethje’s collegiate wrestling background, many are viewing him as Nurmagomedov’s toughest test to date. After going 1-2 in his first three UFC fights, including a knockout loss to Alvarez, Gaethje has finished his past four opponents in a row.
But despite Gaethje’s recent success and more reserved approach, Alvarez, the former UFC and Bellator lightweight champion, thinks the fight will ultimately come down to grappling, and he doesn’t think Gaethje has the ability to threaten Nurmagomedov on the ground.
“The style matchup I think – whenever I look at