UFC lightweight contender Justin Gaethje is the latest fighter to weigh in on the controversy and ‘Highlight’ doesn’t want to see ‘The Notorious’ suspended for a long period of time.
According to Gaethje, McGregor will be getting punished enough by ‘paying millions of dollars’ in inevitable lawsuits to the injured parties and wants to see the former UFC lightweight champion back in the Octagon asap.
“There’s nothing really you can make of that,” Gaethje said of McGregor’s wild frenzy, per MMA Fighting’s Shaun Al-Shatti. “It’s crazy circumstances that we hope will never happen again, but you put a bunch of fighters in an arena and someone might fight each other.
“Conor’s going to get punished by paying millions of dollars to people, so that’s plenty of punishment. And I don’t want him to go anywhere, because like I said, I’m going to fight and claw my way to the championship. So either he’s there or Khabib’s there, it doesn’t matter.”
Speaking of Khabib, Gaethje believes he has what it takes to knock the Dagestani off the top spot by stuffing his takedowns and battering the newly-crowned champion with leg kicks.
“26-0, he’s No. 1 in the world on paper and he’s proven it over and over,” Gaethje said of Nurmagomedov.
“I absolutely think I could beat him. Kick his legs off. He holds his chin up high and I’m an All-American wrestler, Division I, so I do think I could stop his takedowns.”
“There is a more clear path,” Gaethje said at Wednesday’s open workouts. “Even though Khabib says he wants to go fight GSP, which is counterproductive to everything he talked sh*t to Conor about, or talked sh*t on Conor about. But other than that, yeah, it doesn’t matter. Tony (Ferguson), the winner of [Kevin Lee] and (Edson) Barboza [could be next in line for me], but it doesn’t matter — I’ve got to get past Poirier, who’s a very dangerous opponent, and I’d be a fool to look past him.”
UFC on FOX: Poirier vs. Gaethje takes place this Saturday, April 14 at the Gila River Arena in Glendale, Arizona.