On the off chance that Conor McGregor needs a took shots at current UFC lightweight victor Khabib Nurmagomedov, he should experience Justin Gaethje, as per Nurmagomedov and Gaethje’s director, Ali Abdelaziz.
Nurmagomedov (28-0) is planned to protect his 155-pound title one month from now at UFC 249 against Tony Ferguson (25-3) in a session many feels is his hardest test to date. On the off chance that Nurmagomedov wins, UFC president Dana White has made its a well-known fact he is keen on booking a rematch between Nurmagomedov and McGregor. The two battled in October 2018 in what was supposedly the most noteworthy selling pay-per-see in UFC history.
As indicated by Abdelaziz, notwithstanding, McGregor won’t get that rematch until he faces Gaethje – who presumably ought to be next, as indicated by lightweight rankings.
“On the off chance that Khabib wins on April 18, Conor McGregor isn’t getting a title shot – straightforward,” Abdelaziz told ESPN. “Dana White is the best advertiser ever in light of the fact that he gets battling and matchmaking. The main way Conor McGregor can battle for a title is in the event that he beats somebody like Justin Gaethje. If he somehow managed to do that, it is difficult to deny him.
“The motivation behind why I don’t believe he’s battled Justin Gaethje is I thoroughly consider of everyone in the UFC, Justin Gaethje takes individuals to a better place. Numerous individuals break. What’s more, we’ve seen Conor McGregor break previously. Justin Gaethje is a bad dream matchup for him.”
Nurmagomedov, as far as it matters for him, has expressed McGregor would need to win 10 battles before making sure about a rematch.
Gaethje (20-2), who is falling off a first-round stoppage of Donald “Cowhand” Cerrone in September, revealed to ESPN he as of late turned down an idea to battle positioned lightweight Dan Hooker and is determined to next battling either McGregor or the champ of Nurmagomedov-Ferguson.
“I can’t consider,” said Gaethje, when gotten some information about White’s enthusiasm for booking a second battle among Nurmagomedov and McGregor. “I’ll get terminated. I’ll punch [White] in the f—ing nose. On the off chance that you’re going to accept away an open door off my table, at that point I’m going to f—ing battle you. I don’t have the foggiest idea what you need me to do.
“It’s not reasonable, and I’m not going to represent it. I’m reasonable. I regard the chief. Yet, in the event that he f—ing attempts … that, I’m doing battle.”
The UFC didn’t promptly react to demands for input.
A previous featherweight and lightweight hero, McGregor (22-4) is falling off a 40-second knockout over Cerrone in January. It was his first win in the Octagon since November 2016. That battle additionally occurred in the 170-pound welterweight division.