Earlier this month, Conor McGregor expressed interest in fighting top lightweight contender Justin Gaethje after he was done with Cerrone. Now that McGregor has knocked out Cerrone in just 40 seconds, fans are wondering if the fight will happen next.
Justin Gaethje has been calling out McGregor for quite some time now. He even criticised the Irishmen when he decided to fight Cerrone, a fighter who he had also TKOed before in the first round.
Gaethje was also the front runner to fight Khabib Nurmagomedov for the lightweight title, but that seems unlikely at this moment. Even though he has knocked out three of his last opponents in the first round, he knows he had to do more.
With title shot looking far stretched, a fight with Conor McGregor makes sense.
“Ultimately that dude makes his own decisions, and I think he has more confidence now,” Gaethje said on the Punchlines Podcast. “He needed a win. So yeah, I think he’ll fight me now.”
“I’m not necessarily being overlooked,” Justin Gaethje said. “I’m in the conversation. I lost two times not that long ago. And, unfortunately, that set me back and that allows these people to have an argument or a case when it comes to the argument or it comes to this circumstance. . . So it does suck to compete as hard as I do and to put as much as I do into it and to maybe have the situation come along where I do get passed over because of money or politics. But at the end of the day if you do keep winning. I’m gonna fight again and if I win, if I knock somebody out again, they can’t deny me.”
Justin Gaethje can’t change his personality
Justin Gaethje believes that he can’t change his personality to be an attraction amongst casual fans. What he lacks in personality, he more than makes it up with his explosiveness inside the Octagon.
“To be a superstar you have to win and you have to have something special,” Gaethje said. “For me, I hope that knocking people out is my something special because I can’t sell myself, per se, and become a different person on camera and a different person off-camera…
“Ultimately, I think it could hurt me in the long run, just not wanting to take that route. I could have been there [at UFC 246]. I could have been front row, I could have made a scene, but I don’t know. And maybe I’ll miss an opportunity because I wasn’t there.” (H/T – MMA Fighting)
John Kavanagh wants McGregor vs Gaethje to take place at welterweight
Conor McGregor’s longtime coach John Kavanagh appeared on Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show revealed that he wants to see his fighter take on Justin Gaethje at welterweight next. He said that neither fighter has to cut weight and that the match-up would be fantastic.
“That would be my personal preference,” Kavanagh said Monday during “Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show.” “He’s another lightweight, but neither of them has to cut weight, The vision is getting that 155-pound belt back, so it’s a step towards that.”
“Just to look at Gaethje as an opponent, he’s a very good competitor, a hard-hitter, comes forward with a lot of pressure. His match up with Conor would be fantastic and the fans would love it.” (H/T -The MacLife)
Do you guys want to see Conor McGregor vs Justin Gaethje next?