After Justin Gaethje’s KO victory on Friday, Conor McGregor wastes no time, as he takes to Twitter calling for fight in Dublin on December 14th.
On Saturday night at UFC Vancouver, Justin Gaethje knocked out UFC legend and fan favorite, Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone, in the very first round. This win is Gaethje’s third straight first-round KO, placing him toward the top of the lightweight division, and directly in the path of everybody’s favorite Irish UFC fighter, Conor McGregor.
Gaethje now calls the shots
During the post-fight interview, Daniel Cormier asked Gaethje what’s next, “Do you have an Irishman in the crosshairs, or a Russian?” obviously referring Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov.
Gaethje took this opportunity to take a shot at McGregor by stating, “The Irishman is retired. I want a real fighter. I want the winner of Tony and Khabib.”
Gaethje is referring to the Tony Ferguson, Khabib Nurmagomedov title match that seems to be the most obvious upcoming bout.
Although Gaethje jokingly scoffed at a fight with McGregor in his octagon interview, he later said he’d “absolutely” take that fight. In reality, Gaethje knows the Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Tony Ferguson fight hasn’t been officially announced, so it could be some time before he gets a shot at the winner.
So… it also appears McGregor feels the same way.
The day after Gaethje’s win, McGregor posted a cryptic Tweet which read “December 14th, Dublin, Ireland”.
December 14 is currently the date for UFC 245, which is scheduled for Las Vegas, but I could see the UFC shifting things around for their golden child. Plus, McGregor is not only a Dublin native, but for years he has been pushing the UFC to host a PPV in his home country. Coincidence? I think not.
Is Conor McGregor being real with us?
Listen, it’s quite possible that McGregor’s tweets don’t mean a thing and he’s just fanning the flames in order to stay in the spotlight. Hey, it wouldn’t be the first time McGregor went off the handle.
But this story does have a bit of merit to it. Apparently McGregor and Gaethje have been wanting to square off for a while now. Last month, he even revealed that he was in negotiations for a fight with Gaethje, but things fell through after breaking his hand.
We all know Conor wants his return fight to be a rematch with Khabib, but that’s probably never going to happen. So, a fight with Gaethje makes sense because a win would basically guarantee a title shot for the victor.
What’s Dana White have to say?
Well, Dana White already stated Conor was going to sit back and see how things in the lightweight division played out. Yes, they have played out quite nicely for Gaethje and it seems Conor is telling us he’s done sitting and waiting.
So Dana, make it happen.
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