Gaethje (22-2 MMA, 5-2 UFC) was topped interim light-weight champion final month when he defeated Tony Ferguson by TKO at UFC 249 and is predicted to unify his belt with champ Khabib Nurmagomedov someday within the fall.
Ought to he emerge victorious in opposition to Nurmagomedov, then Gaethje could be pleased to struggle McGregor (22-Four MMA, 10-2 UFC) after that.
“I believe he ought to watch for the winner of me and Khabib,” Gaethje instructed ESPN. “If I win, I believe he positively comes again. If Khabib wins, I don’t know. I’m unsure about that. (Conor’s) a legend, man. What he did was legendary standing. I’ll by no means take that away from him. He deserves credit score. He’s completed a lot on this sport. What each fighter desires to realize, he completed, so hats off to him. I can’t wait to punch him within the face.”
Gaethje, who has completed 19 of his 22 profession fights by knockout, has stopped his final 4 opponents. He has made main changes prior to now couple of years and thinks he would drag McGregor into deep waters and end him in the event that they fought.
“Distance management is the No. 1 consider any struggle,” Gaethje stated. “It’s established within the first 30 seconds. It’s not seen, however it’s established, and that will be an enormous consider our struggle. Who can management the gap? I believe the most effective factor about me is I can kick the (expletive) out of individuals, so when they’re making an attempt to regulate distance or perhaps they’re successful at that, I can kick them within the leg and attempt to reset that. So I believe I’d knock him out to be trustworthy.
“I believe he’s obtained about three rounds, after which it’s hell, and he doesn’t wish to go to hell, so I believe he’s good for now.”