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His nickname is the ‘Human Highlight Reel’ in reference to the number of spectacular knockouts on his resume, which features 20 stoppages in 23 fights.
Once branded a reckless fighter, Gaethje is now as merciless as they come. His savagery is complimented by his technical mastery and discipline.
However, the American has yet to become undisputed lightweight champion, falling short in his previous opportunity against Khabib Nurmagomedov in 2020.
Now, against Oliveira he gets the chance again, and has told BBC Sport how it would feel to win the title in front of his fans in Arizona.
“The only thing I envisage, and I’ve envisaged this four times – is him [Oliveira] falling asleep,” said Gaethje.
“I want it [winning the title] to feel as pure as possible and it’s going to feel amazing.”
Although the attraction for fans in Arizona is the presence of Gaethje, Oliveria is one of the biggest names in the sport.
The 32-year-old won the belt a year ago against Chandler before successfully defending it in December by choking out Dustin Poirier.
He has 10 consecutive wins, with finishes in all but one, and 15 submissions throughout his UFC career – the most in the promotion’s history.
Chandler has fought both fighters recently, and believes it will be Gaethje who gets his hand raised.
“If anybody is going to wilt, it’s going to be Oliveira, although we have seen a tougher and more resilient Oliveira in the last couple of fights,” Chandler told BBC Sport.
“I still think Gaethje has the edge in the striking, the power, the punches and bunches, the chin, the cardio plus the toughness.
“So, if I was a betting man, I’d put my money on Justin Gaethje but one thing we’ve learnt about Oliveira is you can’t count him out.”
is eight years since Esparza submitted Namajunas to become the UFC’s first strawweight champion.
Since that fight however, both fighter’s careers have followed different trajectories.
Namajunas, 29, rebounded quickly and has established herself as one of the best 115-pound fighters in the world, becoming a two-time strawweight champion.
Esparza meanwhile, has had an up-and-down career since.
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She lost her next fight to Joanna Jędrzejczyk in 2015 and subsequently struggled to put a run of victories together until 2019. The 34-year-old now enters the rematch with Namajunas on the back of a five-fight win streak.
“There are so many emotions, but I’m like, ‘finally the fight’s here’,” said Esparza.
“I think stylistically we’re both similar to what we were back in the day. But when we originally fought, she [Namajunas] was a lot greener to the sport.
“She’s more comfortable on the big stage now and that will play a big factor – she was dangerous back then and she is now.”