Justin Gaethje suggested Conor McGregor would never fight for a UFC title again.
Former two-division champion McGregor has been on the sidelines since his last outing against Dustin Poirier in Jul. 2021 at UFC 264. McGregor suffered a horrific leg injury and underwent surgery to fix his snapped shin. He has been recovering well and is currently busy shooting for his Hollywood debut in the upcoming remake of the 1989 cult classic film Road House.
Justin Gaethje says Conor McGregor will never fight for a UFC title again
In a recent interview with Marc Raimondi of ESPN MMA, Justin Gaethje talked about a potential outing with McGregor and claimed ‘The Notorious’ would not return for a title bout again.
“I lost so there’s a much greater chance of that happening. He only fights people coming off losses and here we are. I don’t think it’s going to happen at all. I think there’s about a zero percent chance. I don’t think he fights ever. Yeah, (he’s retired). I mean if you’re talking a fight for purely strictly entertainment value, possibly. But as far as coming back and being a competitive athlete trying to fight for a title, absolutely never again.”
Gaethje thinks McGregor could fight Masvidal
‘Highlight’ proposed former welterweight title challenger Jorge Masvidal as the likely opponent to welcome McGregor back to the octagon.
“He might fight Masvidal. Diaz is gone so he isn’t there. That’s about it.”
Justin Gaethje is coming off a loss to former lightweight champion and current top contender Charles Oliveira in May at UFC 274. Oliveira came in half a pound over the championship limit and lost the title on the scales. Although he was forced to vacate the belt as soon as he stepped inside the cage, ‘do Bronx’ came out firing and earned a first-round submission win over Gaethje.
A rematch with Oliveira has been of interest to Gaethje. He has also expressed interest in a matchup with top-ranked contender Rafael Fiziev, who called him out after beating former champion Rafael dos Anjos in his last showing.