Gaethje May Quit The UFC If McGregor Gets A Title Shot Next
UFC 257 was an action-packed night for the UFC lightweight division, as Dustin Poirier, Conor McGregor, Dan Hooker, and Michael Chandler all battled for a chance to compete for the title.
In the main event, Poirier stopped McGregor via a second round TKO. While in the co-main event, Chandler dispatched Hooker by way of a first round TKO.
The event was also important as the reigning champion Khabib Nurmagomedov, was watching in hope of a spectacular performance from one of the four lightweights, which could possibly motivate him to fight again. However, he later told Dana White that he was levels above everybody else in the division and has no intention of returning.
With Khabib essentially retired, Poirier and Charles Oliveira riding high, and Chandler making his presence felt at UFC 257, there are a lot of huge matchups to look forward to in the 155lbs division in 2021.
Justin Gaethje, who slipped down to the second spot in the UFC lightweight rankings this week, told ESPN (as transcribed by BJPenn.com) that there are a lot of fun fights to make in the division, and that he is looking to avenge his UFC Glendale loss to Poirier down the road.
“It was an awesome weekend for us lightweights. It really shook up the division and it will really make the UFC matchmakers come together and come up with some ideas. There are a lot of options,” Gaethje said. “I saw they moved Dustin ahead of me in the rankings, deservedly so. He is one, I’m two, Charles [Oliveira] is three, [Michael] Chandler is four. No matter what, I got to get my revenge with Poirier. I’m going to make it there no matter how I gotta get there.”
McGregor’s Title Shot Demand
Earlier this week, coach John Kavanagh said that McGregor was already itching for a trilogy fight with Poirier, with the title on the line. However, Gaethje slammed the Irishman and his team, saying that they are in no position to make such demands.
“For him to come out and say he wants a title shot next in a rematch with Poirier, or his coach, they are f***ing idiots,” Gaethje stressed. “He has been treated special over and over and over and he didn’t capitalise on this opportunity. That event was for him, that event was for him to win. He wants to be Mr. Humble now but you know he would be an asshole if he won that fight.
“I don’t feel bad for him, I’m happy for Poirier, I’m happy Poirier went out there did his job, and finished him. I love seeing a loudmouth get knocked out, there is nothing that makes me happier. Seeing a piece of s*** get put down, that was great, I loved it.”
Gaethje Warns The UFC
Should McGregor get his wish and fight Poirier again next with the title on the line, Gaethje said he will consider never competing in the promotion ever again. ‘The Highlight’ also stated that he would love to fight ‘The Notorious’, but doesn’t believe the former two division champion will ever agree to fight him.
“He’s not fighting for a title. I will think about never fighting in the UFC again if he fights for a title,” Gaethje warned. “That would be preposterous. He’s sitting at number six, he’s won one fight in his entire life in the lightweight division. He picks and chooses who he fights. I would love to fight him but I don’t think it should be next. But he ain’t gonna fight me.”
Gaethje last fought at UFC 254 against Khabib, losing the fight via a second round submission. Before UFC 257, there was speculation that he was in talks to fight Nate Diaz.
Do you agree with Justin Gaethje’s comments on the possibility of Conor McGregor getting an immediate rematch with Dustin Poirier for the title?