Coach: Justin Gaethje’s most important weapon has been kept hidden

UFC interim champ Justin Gaethje’s head coach Trevor Wittman spoke at Thursday’s UFC 254 media day, ahead of the main event fight vs. division champion Khabib Nurmagomedov. Geathe has fought 24 times over the past nine years, but the coach says his most important weapon has remained hidden.

“I tailor my game plans throughout a career for a championship fight,” said Wittman. “We work on fundamentals from the beginning. One thing that I think that we were able to do very well was keep our most important weapon hidden and with Justin Gaethje, he’s an extremely good wrestler and he’s got a very unique in wrestling.

“He hasn’t had to use it. Again, it’s very hard to go and game plan against someone’s wrestling when they haven’t showed it.”

“I always call wrestling the get out of jail card in the fight sport. Because I believe wrestling is the most dominant position controlling piece you can have.”

“I feel good about [Justin’s wrestling] but Khabib is the best at what he does. It’s not like I’m going ‘we’re going to go out there and out wrestle him.’ Again, that’s just a little bonus of what we have. It’s an opportunity to go out there and face the best and I do believe Khabib, I believe he’s the best pound-for-pound. I’ve thought that for a long period of time. I mean there’s other fighters that put on exciting fights and you can consider them best pound-for-pound and who they’ve faced and things like that.

“But it’s patterns. Who’s the most consistent? When it comes to being consistent, that’s the key to being great. It’s consistency. Khabib is that.”

So what do you think UG? It’s Dagestani Wrestling + Combat Sambo vs. Folk wrestling + Desstruction and Destroy. Who wins?

h/t Damon Martin for MMA Fighting

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