Gaethje Will Retire When Being Champion Isn’t Priority

Justin Gaethje enjoys praise and bonus checks, but the fighter who is 1-2 inside the Octagon will not stop until he wins UFC gold.

In an interview with Damon Martin, the fighter claimed that he will only walk away from MMA when winning a championship is no longer his top priority.

“100-percent. When that’s not my goal, I will retire,” Gaethje said about his UFC Lincoln main event against James Vick. “I want to be the best. I want to be the best in the world.”

“The UFC, they are the hype machine, fighting on a UFC card there is nothing like it,” Gaethje said of the platform he currently fights for. “Experience is a hell of a trait to have and now with some experience under my belt, it will do a lot of things for me.”

“I’m going to be more comfortable in a sense and I’m going to be more vigilant in not getting comfortable in the fight. That comes with experience so yeah, I’m excited to out there and do it again.”

While Gaethje is below .500 since signing with the UFC, Vick has gone 9-1 inside the Octagon and has continued to question the commitment of the “Homer Simpson of MMA.”

Gaethje reaffirms that he’s faced off against top competition since joining the UFC, and promises to make Vick eat his words on Saturday.

“If you watch the fights, you have to understand how close either one of us were to getting the ‘W’ and finishing that fight,” Gaethje said about his losses to Alvarez and Poirier. “For James Vick to sit here and say I’m a ‘B’ league fighter and I don’t deserve the accolades that I’m getting — the bonuses, the main events — they guy just doesn’t get it.

“I’m painting a pretty clear picture of what pure effort can achieve in this sport and if you don’t want to pay attention, that’s not my problem.”

Initial Report: MMAnyTT

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