Despite losing to Floyd Mayweather in their epic encounter, the future is still bright for Conor McGregor. The current UFC lightweight champion has a number of viable options for his next bout. Among those is former WSOF lightweight champion Justin Gaethje.
Speaking at a public appearance last Friday, McGregor ran down the list of potential options for his next fight. The usual suspects were there such as a bout with the winner of Tony Ferguson vs. Kevin Lee and a trilogy bout with Nate Diaz. However, McGregor mentioned other potential fighters and included Gaethje’s name in to the list of possible opponents.
“There’s also that Gaethje guy (mispronounced), he’s fighting another guy that I fought for the title, Eddie Alvarez. I’m looking forward to seeing what happens there. He’s an undefeated fighter and Eddie could come back.” (via MMAFighting.com)
The mention will certainly be well-received by Gaethje. The former WSOF champion has been aiming for a fight with McGregor ever since the ink dried on his UFC contract. After competing in a Fight of the Year candidate in his UFC debut, Gaethje has made a point to let fans and media know that he’s coming for the UFC title.
Speaking to TMZ Sports, Gaethje noted that he believes McGregor is terrified of a potential showdown with Gaethje.
“McGregor, when he comes back, he’s gonna pick whoever he wants,” Gaethje said. “As the competitor that I see him being, he’s gonna want the most dangerous guy. When I finish Eddie Alvarez quickly, that’s gonna be me.”
“On paper and on TV, I’m the most dangerous, violent guy in this division. Most hittable guy. So that’s probably someone he’d want to fight. As long as I knock out Eddie Alvarez quickly, that’s my goal — to get that fight.” (via MMAFighting.com)
Gaethje will need to get past the aforementioned Alvarez as the two are scheduled to fight once the current season of The Ultimate Fighter concludes. Featuring an exciting style and with wins over perennial top 10 lightweight Michael Johnson and the former UFC champ Alavarez, Gaethje would have a strong case to face McGregor should “The Highlight” emerge victorious.