Earlier this month, Justin Gaethje stepped in on brief discover and stopped Tony Ferguson at UFC 249. The win earned Gaethje the UFC interim light-weight title and set him up for a title unification bout in opposition to Khabib Nurmagomedov later this yr. It additionally, in response to Gaethje, did one thing much more essential: it reduce by means of company politics of combating.

Earlier than UFC 249, Gaethje was considered because the odd man out within the light-weight division. Tony Ferguson was set to problem Khabib for the title, and Dana White was transparently angling for Conor McGregor to get the subsequent title combat, leaving Gaethje and his three-fight KO streak within the lurch. However Gaethje taking the brief discover alternative at UFC 249 upended all of that, and talking with Joe Rogan not too long ago, Gaethje stated he hopes his journey to the title can function an inspiration to different fighters who really feel like they aren’t getting their due.

“I’m in an awesome place as a result of, for one I get to combat for a title,” Gaethje stated. “There’s 500 some odd individuals on this roster, each single certainly one of them would wish to be in my place proper now. However I even have the power to convey some sort of rhyme or motive, a manner, a approach to a title shot. For younger guys that are available, they assume politics run the present. They finally do, however there’s a small likelihood that you simply get a say in your future and eradicate politics. That what I simply did. Politics had been gonna f*ck me. I wasn’t going to get the combat. Conor was going to someway or a way get that combat. Now, I obtained the prospect to go on the market and I did what I did.”

Previous to UFC 249, Gaethje had been adamant that he wouldn’t take short-notice fights. However when he was supplied an interim title, maybe his solely likelihood to not get jumped by McGregor, he took it and made essentially the most of it. Now, Gaethje is within the driver’s seat and he plans on constructing on his spectacular win streak to supply one of many legendary runs in MMA.

“I do. I wish to shut him up. I’d love that. I actually would,” Gaethje stated when requested if he’d prefer to combat Conor McGregor.

“I might combat him proper now if I wished to. Everybody goes to say that I’m mendacity, that if it was there I might take it. Daniel Cormier stated that the opposite day. I’m not that fighter. For one, I’ve a chance to do one thing that may be unmatched within the historical past of our sport. To go in there, to come back off the circumstances, to beat Tony like I did, go beat Khabib, go beat Conor, that’s legendary. . .

“After I beat Khabib and I beat Conor, what run within the historical past of the game has been higher? Coming off two losses, getting counted out. That’s what I’m right here for. I can encourage the world.”

It actually could be a powerful run. After making his UFC debut in 2017, Gaethje misplaced back-to-back fights in opposition to Eddie Alvarez and Dustin Poirier. The losses had many believing Gaethje was only a nice motion fighter however had hit his ceiling. Since then, Gaethje rattled off first-round KOs over James Vick, Edson Barboza, and Donald Cerrone, earlier than stopping Ferguson at UFC 249. Given the standard of opposition, that streak alone is spectacular but when he had been so as to add Khabib Nurmagomedov, and Conor McGregor to it, Gaethje would have a powerful declare at being the light-weight GOAT. Then after that, there’s just one extra combat Gaethje says he would need earlier than strolling off into the sundown.

“Battle Poirier after which get the f*ck out of right here,” Gaethje stated. “That’s all I want. What do I want after that? That’d be legendary, I’d make loads of cash – which is finally what I’m right here to do – and I took management of my future, which is all I requested for. Enterprise clever, the sensible transfer proper now may very well be to combat Conor, as a result of clearly that’s some huge cash, however I make far more cash once I beat Khabib after which combat. And if Conor’s not there, I’ll combat Poirier. He’s not on my listing. Khabib and Poirier are the 2 on my listing proper now. If I combat them two, with large paydays, then I’m good.”

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Free fights.

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Jon popping out in opposition to Dana.

Chael being Chael.

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Preserving the meat alive.

Carlos Condit. Simple sport.

Gotta keep sharp.

Khabib is aware of.

Jessica Andrade (20-7) vs. Rose Namajunas (8-4); UFC 251, July 11.

If Gaethje actually solely has three fights left, get pleasure from them whereas all of us can. There might by no means be one other man like him within the sport.

Thanks for studying, benefit from the fights, and see y’all on Monday,


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