Justin Gaethje thinks Conor McGregor’s championship days are over.
Former two-time UFC champion McGregor (22-6 MMA, 10-4 UFC) has lost three of his last four games and is coming off back-to-back stoppages against Dustin Poirier and broke his leg in his last setback at UFC 264. in July 2021.
A perennial contender throughout his UFC career, former interim champion Gaethje (23-4 MMA, 6-4 UFC) is yet to collide with McGregor. But Gaethje never sees it happening – or McGregor coming back at all.
“I mean, I lost, so there’s a much higher chance of that happening,” Gaethje told ESPN. “He only fights people who have just lost, and here we are. I don’t think that’s going to happen at all. I think there is about 0% chance. Why would he fight (again)? I don’t think he fights.
McGregor is the most lucrative draw in the sport and several champions have expressed an interest in fighting him. But while Gaethje can see him taking part in superfights, he doubts that ‘The Notorious’ name will be linked to a title fight again.
“I mean a fight for purely, strictly entertainment value, maybe,” Gaethje said. “But as far as coming back and being a competitive athlete, trying to fight for a title, absolutely never again. … He could fight (Jorge) Masvidal. (Nate) Diaz is gone, so he has fucked up there.