Justin Gaethje slams Conor McGregor; open to fighting Nate Diaz
After letting the smoke clear from UFC 257, second ranked light-weight Justin Gaethje just recently shared his ideas on the existing state of the light-weight department and his ideas on seeing Conor McGregor getting secured.
In an interview with ESPN Mixed Martial Arts, Gaethje lost no time at all dropping his 2 cents on number 6 ranked light-weight McGregor getting TKO’d for the very first time in his profession by top competitor Dustin Poirier.
“I love seeing a loudmouth kid get knocked out; there’s nothing that makes me happier,” Gaethje stated. “Seeing a piece of s–t get put down, that was great. I loved it.”
Prior to locking onto the next light-weight competitor, Gaethje likewise made a danger must the UFC make the prospective trilogy match in between Poirier and McGregor for the undeniable light-weight title.
“I will never fight for the UFC again,” Gaethje stated. “I would probably really think about never fighting for the UFC if he fights for a title again. That would be preposterous.”
Justin Gaethje targets next UFC challenger
Gaethje then turned his attention to the winner of the UFC 257 centerpiece and existing top competitor in the light-weight department, Dustin Poirier.
“I’d rather fight Dustin Poirier [instead of McGregor], absolutely,” Gaethje stated. “That’s the best man in the division right now if Khabib was retired.”
Gaethje was likewise responsive to the concept of battling among the most significant stars in the UFC, Nate Diaz.
There has actually been some speculation by experts and other fighters that Diaz will make a return to light-weight. His last battle in the department was a unanimous choice success over Michael Johnson in December of 2015.
“If they call me to fight Nate Diaz, I’m fighting Nate Diaz,” Gaethje stated. “I will roll him up and smoke him like a blunt.”
Gaethje likewise acknowledged his openness to bouts versus number 3 ranked light-weight competitor Charles Oliveira and number 4 ranked Michael Chandler.
“I wanna fight for a title,” Gaethje stated. “Poirier, McGregor, Diaz, Chandler, Oliveira at the end.”
Justifying his choice to put “Do Bronx” at the end of his list, Gaethje yielded Oliveira’s risk from a match-up perspective.
“I mean, Oliveira’s the toughest match-up in the division,” Gaethje stated. “He brings a very particular set of skills. But Paul Felder knocked him out, he doesn’t like getting hit, and I hit like a truck.”
Whoever is up next for “The Highlight” in the leading 5 of the UFC’s many stacked department, Gaethje is video game.
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Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.