Justin Gathje Says He Wants To Fight Conor Mcgregor In Ireland
Former World Series of Fighting (WSOF) and rising lightweight contender Justin Gaethje is coming off a spectacular first-round knockout win over Brazilian sensation Edson Barboza UFC Philadelphia last month.
Before this victory ‘The Highlight’ starched James Vick via first-round KO back in August.
After a recent victory ‘The Highlight’ laid out a blueprint for winning a 155-pound title, and apparently, it has to go through Khabib Nurmagomedov. Beside that Gaethje said he’s open to clash with anyone and all newcomers in order to put his hands on Khabib.
Gaethje has a lot of options to choose from, but he turns his attention towards Conor Mcgregor who congratulate him following his killing win over Edson. ‘The Highlight’ feels if Irishman comes out of retirement, I should be the first in line to face him. (h/t MMAMania)
“There’s so many fights right now, but Conor sounds like he’s coming back so I’m the man,” said Gaethje in a recent interview with TMZ Sports. “If he’s going to fight somebody it has to be me.”
“That’s the one I want,” added Gaethje when asked if that’s the fight to make. “Tony [Ferguson] is there, but he has to go back and get better. That leaves Conor and me.”
After observing Justin Gaethje’s scintillating performance, UFC Color Commentator Joe Rogan proclaims ‘The Highlight’ the most violent man in the ever-violent sport of MMA. After this labeling, he’d love to throw down with Mcgregor inside the Octagon. Justin was an All-American wrestler in college so that skill would put notable striker Conor Mcgregor at a rough side however don’t forget Irishman’s strikes are enough to cause damage.
Gathje said his dream is to fight Mcgregor in Ireland and knock him out in front of his native crowd.
“It’s the name of the game. I want to fight him,” reiterated Gaethje. “I want to fight him in Ireland. I know it’s not going to happen in Ireland but that’s my dream is to go over there and be in that sort of chaos. That’s what f—king wakes me up everyday.
“I’m going out there, I’m going to stand, and I’m going to knock him out. If he wants to retire I can help him on his way out.”
Mcgregor announced his retirement from sports last month, despite talks of his return to UFC was ongoing. Last week Mcgregor hinted he’s returning to Octagon soon, but nothing is official as of yet. If he plans to return, he could either take on grudge rematch with Khabib or a winner of Max Holloway vs. Dustin Poirier.
Mcgregor is someone who mostly engages in a stand-up fight so Justin Gaethje is someone who could best fit for Irishman.
Who wants to see Gaethje vs. Mcgregor next?