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5 burning questions heading into UFC on ESPN+ 16

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If you match just about anyone up with Donald Cerrone, you’re likely to have an exciting fight.

Same goes with Justin Gaethje.

So if you match Cerrone (38-12 MMA, 23-9 UFC) and Gaethje (20-2 MMA, 3-2 UFC) against one another, well, you just might have your most natural mix since someone over at Reese’s first put peanut butter and chocolate together. 

Some weeks, the UFC puts on shows simply to fill out the contractual obligations that come with its mammoth ESPN deal, which turns the proceedings into a slog for even the most hardcore of fans.

Then there are events like UFC on ESPN+ 16 on Saturday which stand out from the pack. The lightweight showdown between Gaethje and Cerrone is a must-watch, and there are other interesting competitors sprinkled in for good measure.

UFC on ESPN+ 16 takes place Saturday at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The card streams on ESPN+.

With that, on to five burning questions going into UFC on ESPN+ 16.

Is Justin Gaethje a real contender in the lightweight division?

However, he also lost the last two of those three, against Eddie Alvarez and Dustin Poirier, a caliber of competition which suggested that perhaps Gaethje’s UFC tenure was going to be the sort in which he’s always in the running for a post-fight bonus, but never a title.

But it urns out he could possibly be both. It’s not like the losses were blowouts, as both were highly competitive affairs. Since, he’s gone out and earned back-to-back knockout victories over James Vick and Edson Barboza (and, almost needless to say, earned performance bonuses for each).

Now he faces one of the sport’s all-time great competitors and the holder of the UFC wins mark (23) in Cerrone. A victory here would make three in a row, and a chance to step up one more time against one of the division’s top dogs to prove himself a contender once and for all.

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