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Video: Justin Gaethje breaks down Tony Ferguson vs. Charles Oliveira

Justin Gaethje weighs in on the upcoming lightweight matchup between Tony Ferguson and Charles Oliveira at UFC 256.

Justin Gaethje thinks you need a particular style to beat Tony Ferguson, and UFC lightweight Charles Oliveira isn’t up to task.

Gaethje stood in the pocket with Ferguson for four-and-a-half rounds and battered ‘El Cucuy’ to a pulp in the UFC 249 main event, but ‘The Highlight’ doesn’t think ‘Do Bronx’ will have the same level of success with his range-based striking on Dec. 12.

Speaking to The Schmo in a recent interview (h/t Abhinav Kini of The Body Lock MMA), Gaethje explained what makes Ferguson such a tough matchup for a fighter like Oliveira, who holds the record for the most submission victories in the UFC (14).

“I don’t know, man. How intriguing. Tony coming back — I was talking about it earlier with some fighters and I think Tony’s going to win,” Gaethje said. “I think to do what I did against him, you have to fight a certain way. I don’t think Oliveira fights like that.

“I think his striking [technique] is similar to someone like Anthony Pettis who is on their heels a lot. So I think he’s going to have similar issues that Pettis had against Ferguson.”

UFC 256, which features Ferguson vs. Oliveira as the co-main event, takes place this Saturday, Dec. 12 at the UFC Apex Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.