Nobody is as genuine as Justin Gaethje when it comes to self-evaluation inside the sport of MMA. Ask Justin, and he\u2019ll tell you his opinions, tremors, and uncut commentary. With a kill or be killed attitude, there\u2019s a reason why Gaethje is a fan favorite. When it comes to Gaethje and his matchup against Khabib, he is making no excuses for his loss. In fact, although he believes Khabib was in a bad spot, he respects the fight that they put on, even in a loss. On official scorecards, Gaethje won the first round of the fight according to two out of three judges. Both men pushed the pace and respected each other. Gaethje was able to land hard leg kicks and stay alert during the fight. However, Khabib was able to walk through power shots, eventually grab Justin, and submit him in the second round. Gaethje Speaks on Performance Against Khabib While Gaethje isn't okay with the loss, he revealed that he felt "alive" inside of the cage. Furthermore, Khabib's father would be proud of him for the victory, which he retired after. https:\/\/twitter.com\/espnmma\/status\/1320146478111875072 \u201cIt sucks, I\u2019m hurt. It\u2019s emotional. Ultimately, it\u2019s the name of the game, man. I had him in trouble," said Gaethje. I wasn\u2019t very many kicks away from him not being able to walk. He\u2019s going to limp \u2026 limping for at least the next three weeks. That\u2019s nothing to be proud of because I lost, but, I felt alive \u2026 I felt great. I believe I did a great job of causing damage. Keeping the distance, controlling the distance, threatening, and causing damage. I caused damage in there. \u201cI know he was in a bad spot,\u201d he later added. \u201cEven if he wasn\u2019t, he did what he had to do. Took me down. He is very strong. I know he made his father so proud.\u201d Moving the Division Now that the UFC lightweight title is vacant, it would be tough not to consider Gaethje to fight for the belt. All he'll need is a partner to share the octagon with. The UFC has many different directions they could turn. Tony Ferguson, Michael Chandler, and Dustin Poirier are all waiting for a shot at the belt. With Khabib officially retired, the division is now wide open.