Justin Gathjeis preparing for a championship, and the UFC star tells us he has the power to take it down. Islam Makashev …but he knew he had to get a fight. And he’s ready to run through. Dustin Poirier to prove its worth!
Gaethje, 34, ranked No. 3 in UFC lightweight, joins. Backcock on “TMZ Sports” television program (Broadcast weekdays on FS1) … where we talk about everything from who he wants to be next. What will he do with the current champion? to the time he saw himself fighting and Conor McGregor recently called him “handicapped” on Twitter.
Who is Gaethje that is about to emerge victorious? Rafael Fiziev at UFC 286 in March. want next:
“I think that was an obvious choice, Dustin, now he’s sitting at number two. And I have to fight top fighters to fight for the belt. I think Dustin is The obvious choice, I think. Loser of Darish and Olivera It’s also an option. but apart from these two I don’t see an option.”
FYI Justin and Dustin. fight back In 2018 … a classic fight where Poirier won by TKO in the fourth round.
Indeed, Islam who had just fought a king weighed 145 pounds. Alex Volkanowski (Makachev wins by the thinnest margin) is the lightweight champion. We asked Justin what a fight between men would look like.
“I think (Islam) is a tough fight for anyone. just damage I need a perfect fight,” Gaethje told us, adding that he realizes he won’t be at the level of a Dagestani fighter when it comes to “a surrender fight.” He can turn off everyone’s lights.
“I think I can beat him. I think I can defeat anyone with my powers.”
We asked Gaethje who defeat by surrender to Khabib Nurmagomedov In 2020 at UFC 254 to compare The Eagle and Makhachev.
“I think they are very similar. I think the biggest difference is that Islam is finished. He lost the battle, he finished, so the aura of invincibility was there. But it’s not 100% fact based like Khabib has. I think that’s the biggest factor. biggest difference”
We also spoke to Gaethje about retirement.
“I never thought about retirement. I don’t think about life after retirement. I’m still working towards the goals I set,” Justin said, explaining that he believed his family and friends would tell him when it was time to hang up his gloves. But that could be years according to JG, who believes he’s just making his stride as a fighter.
“34. I think we’re at our peak mentally and physically between the ages of 34 and 36, so I can’t see myself finishing in the next two years. I’d say 2-4 years is free. appropriate timeline I didn’t try to fight when I was 40 and after 36 I didn’t see myself getting any better.
Conor recently tweeted, “Justin Gaethje is a handicap,” before deleting the message shortly after. We asked JG for his reaction.
“One of the best ways of my life is to make everyone think you’re stupid. And then come into conversations or situations where you can take advantage of everyone’s feelings. It plays well in my hand. I like it when other people think of me. Crippled or dumb — that’s not a man. I don’t believe I can beat him.”
Gaethje vs. McGregor It’s a fight that fans have been clamoring for for years…but Justin says the guy doesn’t want to step foot in The Octagon with him.
“Obviously the fans understand, they understand that (Conor) won’t fight me. plain and simple He could choose who to fight with. And he chose specifically, not me.”