Once upon a time, Justin Gaethje could have considered Conor McGregor a dream match. Perhaps it’s a mark of the Irishman’s downfall that this is no longer the case, with Gaethje stating that there was a “0%” chance the two would meet in the Octagon.
Gaethje told ESPN MMA his “ultimate goal” was to take out then-champion Khabib Nurmagomedov and pursue him with a win over McGregor.
Why Justin Gaethje will NEVER fight Conor McGregor
“In my mind, the ultimate goal was to beat Khabib and then Conor. And it was tenfold, and it was worth the risk.
So that’s what I chose. But it could have been a possibility then maybe, but I would say the odds (of fighting McGregor now) are 0%… because I don’t think he’ll fight if once or twice, and it won’t. not guys like me. It will be guys like Nate Diaz, Jorge Masvidal, favorable clashes.
At the very least, that feeling just reinforces how quickly things can change in mixed martial arts. Khabib retired immediately after the Gaethje fight, leaving a power vacuum at 155 pounds which was quickly filled by Charles “Do Bronx” Oliveira. Conor McGregor succumbed to two straight knockout losses – having never been eliminated before – at the hands of Dustin Poirier.
Gaethje is happy to leave the past in the past. “I’m sure that will go down in history as I had the opportunity to fight him between Tony and Khabib, but I don’t know if I did. I never had an offer. I never received an official offer.
The broken leg McGregor suffered in his third fight with Dustin Poirier will keep him out of competition until 2022 at the earliest. The lightweight division is stacked awfully well at the moment, and the whole landscape in the division may well change before Conor’s return.
Justin Gaethje, on the other hand, is expected to fight UFC newcomer Michael Chandler at UFC 268 on November 6. Chandler lost his most recent fight to Charles Oliveira, and Gaethje will no doubt be looking to make a statement on the high-ranking fighter. . Theoretically, a Gaethje win could well set up a title shot in the future, depending on who wins the Oliveira vs Poirier fight tentatively scheduled for December.
A Gaethje vs. McGregor fight seems unlikely, it’s true, but stranger things – like Conor McGregor wheelchair boxing a Conor McGregor impersonator – are happening, especially in mixed martial arts.
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