Justin Gaethje Says McGregor Will Be ‘Another Ronda Rousey Story’
Justin Gaethje isn’t impressed with Conor McGregor trying to pick and choose his fights. The Irishman recently revealed that he will be back inside the Octagon on January 18th, 2020, inside the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas — a claim which has since been confirmed by UFC president Dana White. While McGregor’s opponent hasn’t been confirmed, there are reports that it will be none other than ‘Cowboy’ Donald Cerrone.
Gaethje has been calling out the former two-division champion for months, and has been left frustrated with how Conor has been given the free rein to call for his fights. Speaking to TMZ, “The Highlight” said that “Notorious” is scared of him.
“It’s bullsh*t”, Gaethje said (h/t MMA Fighting). “I don’t know what’s going on. I’m over here playing in the snow, snowboarding when I can, golfing when I can, trying to keep my mind distracted because I get very frustrated when I think about what’s going on. The fact that if he’s fighting anybody, it should be me, if he want’s to fight for a world title. If he doesn’t then he can fight whoever he wants, I’m cool with that. That’s perfectly fine. I have no complaints about that, but if you want to fight for a world title, I put myself in line and you’re trying to be in line so what is happening right now?”
While Conor McGregor initially called for an immediate rematch with Khabib Nurmagomedov, he has since realized that he needs to fight at least once before facing the Dagestani grappler again. While Cerrone is currently on a two-fight skid, a win over ‘Cowboy’ could see Conor fight Khabib again, something that rubs “The most violent man in MMA” the wrong way.
“I truly believe that he is scared to fight the fight that he has to fight against me”, Gaethje said. “I think he’s looking for a sure win. At the end of the day, there’s only two ways out with me. You either knock me out – I wouldn’t finish him like Khabib did, I wouldn’t take his neck. I’d make him stand up and then I’d make him take it like a man. That’s one thing I know deep down he’s terrified of and that’s one thing I bring to the table.
“I think he knows that he needs a win but at the end of the day this is gonna be another Ronda Rousey story. He dug himself too deep of a hole and there’s no way he can come out of it. He’s gonna get knocked out and he’s gonna go away.”
Justin Gaethje previously stopped Donald Cerrone, and is riding on a three-fight win streak. While that would’ve earned him a title shot in any other division, Dana White has already confirmed that Tony Ferguson is next for Khabib.
Gaethje only cares about one thing, and that is fighting Khabib.
“I don’t care, I want to fight Khabib”, Gaethje said. “I’ve got to fight Khabib before he goes away. So the fact that Khabib and Tony isn’t even signed yet, I would rather not even sign a fight with Conor because that would take me out of the equation if something happened with Tony. That’s my number one goal, is to fight Khabib, so however I can make that happen.”
With UFC not willing to give him McGregor, Gaethje also revealed that his only option was try and goad Conor to agree to a fight. This, he says, can only be done through talking trash.
“Right now, talk sh*t to Conor and hopefully pull him out – I don’t got to pull him out, the man said he’s gonna fight”, Gaethje concluded. “He’s an absolute b*tch if he does not fight me. He’s gonna lose a ton of respect from all his fans. I mean, how big of a b*tch can you be? Especially when you call yourself the king – the Burger King – and then not fight me solely for the purpose that you have to get a win so you won’t face me.
“He’s a b*tch but I’m hoping he’s only like a b*tch in a way that he doesn’t want them to tell me that I’m fighting him January 18th so that maybe he’ll get a head start in training, not as big a b*tch as just he’s not fighting me. So I don’t know. I’m training like I always do, staying ready.”