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It’s perhaps understandable that there is so much attention on ‘the fight that comes after the fight’ – after all, beat Gaethje and Khabib is one step closer to the fabled 30-0 mark of which his father often spoke. It also makes a GSP showdown – another dream of his father – even more of a tantalizing prospect. As for Conor McGregor, love him or hate him, he remains among the biggest draws in the combat sports world.
But the peril here is that people are getting ahead of themselves far too readily. There is a massive ‘if’ in the equation in the form of Justin Gaethje, a man who has already consigned a Khabib-Ferguson fight to the ash heap of MMA history.
Gaethje is capable of pulling off an even bigger shock by beating Khabib this weekend in Abu Dhabi. If he does so, we will again be asking ‘what next for Khabib?’ – but in a radically different sense.