After a protracted hiatus as a result of coronavirus pandemic, the UFC made its return with three occasions in eight days in Jacksonville, Florida. UFC 249, UFC on ESPN+ 29 and UFC on ESPN eight every featured a bunch of eye-catching performances, however which fighter stood out because the star performer over the course of the eight days?

That’s the query we put to MMA Junkie’s Simon Head, Farah Hannoun and Dave Doyle as they hold forth within the newest version of Triple Take.


Simon Head: Justin Gaethje reaching the head

Followers beloved watching Justin Gaethje lengthy earlier than he acquired his fingers on UFC gold, however his efficiency to win the UFC interim light-weight title at UFC 249 confirmed that he had advanced his recreation to go that additional yard and push him to inside touching distance of a struggle with champion Khabib Nurmagomedov.

Gaethje’s fan-friendly preventing fashion had already gained him a legion of supporters, however it additionally put him in hurt’s far more typically than maybe was wise, and his back-to-back losses to Dustin Poirier and Eddie Alvarez – each within the later rounds – confirmed that there was nonetheless some refinement wanted if “The Spotlight” was to go all the best way to the highest.

His efficiency in opposition to Tony Ferguson proved that these refinements had been made, as Gaethje produced the very best efficiency of his profession to win the interim belt and ebook himself a future date with “The Eagle.”

I’ve felt for awhile that Gaethje had the very best mixture of expertise to check Nurmagomedov and doubtlessly even hand the Russian his first defeat, however I wasn’t certain if his gung-ho strategy would rely in opposition to him in opposition to the opposite prime contenders. Now he has taken his recreation to a unique stage, overwhelmed Ferguson and confirmed that he’s championship-ready, these doubts at the moment are out of the window.

Gaethje is prepared, and his upcoming conflict with Khabib might grow to be one in every of the fights of 2020.

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