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Nurmagomedov will return to the Octagon when he faces interim UFC lightweight champion Gaethje.
'The Highlight' has revealed his game plan which consists of kicking Nurmagomedov in the calves to slow him down.
But a clip of the undefeated Russian absorbing stinging leg kicks like they're nothing from Edson Barboza has convinced some fans that Gaethje won't be a match for him.
Khabib ate barboza's leg kicks like baby food, let's see how he handles Gaethje's leg kicks. pic.twitter.com/tUwt4UDRiO
- whodatt (@whodatt249) June 12, 2020
"They won't effect him at all," one social media user wrote.
A second tweeted: "Barboza is one hell of a kicker."
A third added: "I know calf kicks are a lot worse than thigh kicks. But there a lot easier to grab singles with."
Of course, Nurmagomedov went onto beat Barboza by unanimous decision at UFC 219 back in December 2017.
Henry Cejudo studied some savagery on YouTube right before #UFC249 :grimacing: pic.twitter.com/mjzUQu37ab
- ESPN MMA (@espnmma) June 12, 2020
Gaethje, meanwhile, stopped Tony Ferguson at UFC 249 to earn his shot at Nurmagomedov and he's laid out his strategy.
"I'll do it the same exact way that I have done it for every single fight. I will work to be my best self. I'm so athletic," he told ESPN.
"The first thing to go when you get tired is your legs. So, from now on till then, I'm gonna be running a lot, jump roping a lot, lot of airdyne, lot of step-ups, a lot of squats. If my legs are in shape, I don't get tired.
"And if I don't get tired then I can get back up. And if I can get back up, I can hit him. If I can hit him, I hit like a truck. I only gotta kick him 8 times in the calves before he is compromised."
Nurmagomedov vs. Gaethje is reportedly set to headline UFC 253 on September 19 with a location yet to be determined.
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