The Irish star and former two-division world champion Conor McGregor revealed that he was close to fighting Justin Gaethje at UFC 240 last month.
UFC 240 main event headliner was for the featherweight title fight between Max Holloway and Frankie Edgar. That all could have changed had McGregor fought on the card. According to Conor McGregor who told Ariel Helwani that had he fought on the card, the venue would have been Madison Square Garden in New York City and not Rogers Arena in Edmonton, Canada.
McGregor revealed that a broken hand forced him out of the fight.
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“I believe it was leaning towards Justin Gaethje at that time,” Conor McGregor said.
Conor is coming off of a fourth-round submission loss to UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 229 which took place at the T-mobile Arena in Las Vegas on October 6. The last time McGregor won a fight inside the Octagon was back in November of 2016 when he knocked out Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205 in New York.
On the other hand, Justin Gaethje who is scheduled to fight Donald Cerrone on September 14 is coming off of a spectacular first-round knockout win over Edson Barboza. Before that he knocked out James Vick in the first round as well.