Published On: Mon, Sep 16th, 2019

MMA Rumors: Justin Gaethje Says He’s ‘Absolutely’ Interested In Fight With Conor McGregor

Justin Gaethje (L) exchanges blows with Eddie Alvarez (R) during their fight at UFC 218.

Following his first-round win over Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone at UFC Fight Night 158 in Vancouver on Saturday night, Justin Gaethje appears closer than ever to a title shot in the promotion’s lightweight division. And while he appears to be most interested in facing the winner of a potential lightweight championship bout between reigning champ Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson, “The Highlight” also admitted that he’d like to face Conor McGregor, who has yet to return to the octagon after his title loss to Nurmagomedov in October at UFC 229.

As reported by Bloody Elbow, Gaethje initially revealed in his post-fight interview at UFC Fight Night 158 that he doesn’t think a bout against McGregor is possible, given that the “Irishman’s retired.” He went on to say that he wants a “real fighter,” dropping the names of Nurmagomedov and Ferguson as potential opponents for his next matchup. As of this writing, neither man has been confirmed for an upcoming UFC fight.

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MMA Rumors: Justin Gaethje Says He’s ‘Absolutely’ Interested In Fight With Conor McGregor