Conor McGregor and Frankie Edgar have both called each other out, much to the despair of Justin Gaethje.
Gaethje, who is on a three-fight winning streak, all by first-round knockout, says it is a coward move for the Irishman to want to fight a soon to be bantamweight. Gaethje also hopes he can be the one to fight him to show the world what he really is.
“Conor keeps saying he is going to fight but I don’t think that’s true. But if he doesn’t want to fight he’s calling out the likes of Frankie Edgar,” Gaethje said to ESPN. “No disrespect to Frankie Edgar but he’s 30 pounds lighter than us and that’s a coward move.
“The man is a coward deep down. I know that, he knows that, some of us know that. And if I fight him I get to show the world that, and that’s what he doesn’t want.”
If he does not get the Conor McGregor fight he wants, Justin Gaethje has another fight in mind. That would be fighting for the lightweight title against Khabib Nurmagomedov as he believes he has earned a shot. He even knows Tony Ferguson may not make the fight somehow, so he will be ready.
“Tony fights once a year, so he is very inconsistent, so there’s a very good chance he goes away somehow. I’m there every time when ever they want me to fight. I need eight to ten weeks,” he said. “I’ve never turned down a fight or pulled out of a fight in my life. And I’m not saying it won’t ever happen because injuries do happen. But I am consistent and feel I have earned my shot.”
Who Justin Gaethje fights next is unknown, but one thing is for sure, is that he doesn’t like McGregor calling for a fight with Frankie Edgar.
Cole Shelton covers MMA for BJPenn.com, MMANews, and MyMMANews.com while also being the lead MMA odds writer for Sports Betting Dime