Expect a kickboxing match – Chael Sonnen breaks down Charles Oliveira vs Justin Gaethje


In a recent video posted to his YouTube page, Chael Sonnen reflected on the possibility of Charles Oliveira vs. Justin Gaethje turning into a stand-up brawl rather than a grappling match.

“Do Bronx” holds the UFC record for most octagon submissions at age 15, but has evolved his stand-up game significantly over his career. His opponent, the 33-year-old American, is an NCAA Division I wrestler, but chooses not to use his talent, often choosing to keep the fight standing.

Former UFC middleweight title contender Chael Sonnen thinks fans can expect to see a fight on their feet when the two lightweights square off at UFC 274 on May 7.

“I feel like I’m telling you, these two MMA stars are going to come out and have a kickboxing match… Do you think Gaethje, for the first time in his career, is going to come out and get a takedown against a pretty dangerous guy on the back?… I’m right in saying that Gaethje is going to stick with it, he’s going to stay on his feet.If you don’t think Oliveira is going to agree and follow the same script. .. Does he have a choice?

Continuing his analysis of the title fight, the 45-year-old remained determined that the match is unlikely to go to the ground.

“How are we going to get there? I don’t think we will get there because Gaethje is taking the fight to the ground, I have no evidence anywhere to believe that. I know Oliveira is ready to fight a fight of mixed martial arts, I’m stuck ‘is it his choice?'”

That said, Chael Sonnen thinks Justin Gaethje’s defensive struggle will be enough to keep the fight going, ultimately turning this fight into a “kickboxing” match.

Check out what ‘The American Gangster’ had to say in the video below:

How exciting is Charles Oliveira vs. Justin Gaethje?

While it’s clear that UFC title matches bring a different feel to fight night, the fight between Oliveira and Gaethje has a lot of expectations behind it given the ability of the two fan-favorite lightweights.

With a total of 49 finishes between them, including 23 in the first round, fans should expect fireworks from the 155-pound pair as soon as the opening bell rings.

Justin Gaethje comes into this one with an advantage on the feet. His crippling kicks and heavy hands might be enough to overwhelm his opponent. However, forward pressure and grappling from Charles Oliveira could be enough to earn him the title defense.

We’ll find out who leaves Arizona with the lightweight gold medal on May 7.

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