SALT LAKE CITY– Justin Gaethje does not hold the light-weight title, however he remains in an uncommon placement where he might hold a great deal even more cards than many leading challengers.
In the UFC 291 centerpiece Saturday at Delta Facility in Salt Lake City, Gaethje (25-4 MIXED MARTIAL ARTS, 8-4 UFC) once more endured structures of his life that would certainly’ve been unconceivable years earlier.
“This is such a cool life,” Gaethje informed mixed martial arts Addict as well as various other press reporters at a post-fight press conference. “I couldn’t imagine I’d be here as a child. I thank God every day for this.”
Minutes prior, Gaethje beat Dustin Poirier ( 29-8 MIXED MARTIAL ARTS, 21-7 UFC) by ko as well as gained the promo’s BMF title. In doing so, he likewise retaliated a loss from April 2018 as well as possibly strengthened him as the successor for undeniable UFC light-weight gold.
As he rested with his black BMF belt propped before him on the table, Gaethje evaluated in on the alternatives before him. UFC celebrity Conor McGregor (22-6 MIXED MARTIAL ARTS, 10-4 UFC), the most significant sell in mixed martial arts, revealed rate of interest in Gaethje on Twitter complying with the battle. Gaethje confessed the suggestion intrigues him, however there are barriers.
“I think he’s turned me down six times,” Gaethje stated. “Usually, you have to lose to fight him. So I’m not sure what’s going on. … I fight in MMA. I like to fight big fights. I like exciting things. It sounds pretty exciting to me. I’m not going to fight someone on steroids. I’ve never taken steroids in my life and never will. Well, maybe when I retire, I might. But I’ve never taken steroids in my life and I don’t want to fight someone who is cheating. I probably shouldn’t even say that if I want the fight, but it’s the truth.”
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Otherwise McGregor, Gaethje’s following obstacle can be versus the champion of champ Islam Makhachev (24-1 MIXED MARTIAL ARTS, 13-1 UFC) as well as following title opposition Charles Oliveira (34-9 MIXED MARTIAL ARTS, 22-9 UFC) at UFC 294 in October. Nevertheless, Gaethje accepts the intermediators when it pertains to scheduling battles. Gaethje included he has no rate of interest being the back-up battle.
“We’ll see, man,” Gaethje stated. “The UFC (are) the guys who make the calls. So we’ll see what happens. I have no idea.”
One suggestion Gaethje rejected is an instant rematch with Poirier given that they’re linked 1-1 in their life time head-to-head collection. Past that, Gaethje stated the sphere will certainly remain in Poirier’s court regarding whether a trilogy battle takes place.
“In the cage after the fight, I said, ‘Hey man, let’s both agree to never fight each other again, unless you have to have it. Then, I’m here.’ We’re 1-1, so we’ll see,” Gaethje stated. “I would never deny him that opportunity, just like he would never deny me the opportunity. I don’t want it to be my next fight.”
Gaethje, 34, has actually won back-to-back battles. He’s gained 12 efficiency incentives in 12 advertising looks– an unmatched success.
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