Although they fell short in his two runs for the undisputed crown, those fights were nothing short of learning experiences that he and trainer Trevor Wittman could analyze at ONX Sports in Denver, Colorado.
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“Coming from the boxing game and especially me being a wrestler all my life, [Wittman] was able to share his knowledge of the gripping aspect of this sport,” said Gaethje. “How to control feet, how to control distance, how to create angles, how to capitalize on your opponent’s mistakes, that’s where he’s the best.”
Since his title fight against Oliveira at UFC 274 in May, Gaethje has had 10 months to prepare for his next fight with Rafael Fiziev at UFC 286: Edwards vs Usman 3. After having his nose treated, Gaethje is returned straight to the gym and focused on improving his physical strength ahead of his next fight.