Cerrone Gets Why Conor Jumps The Line At 155
While Justin Gaethje has been presumed to be the next in line for a shot at the UFC lightweight title, it seems if Conor McGregor is successful at UFC 236, he will be facing either Khabib Nurmagomoedov or Tony Ferguson this fall.
Gaethje has won three fights in a row at 155-pounds, all against contenders, and all by way of first-round knockout, but according to Donald Cerrone, who fights McGregor on January 18th, Gaethje can’t match McGregor in star power.
“If you’re talking rankings and deserving, sure,” Cerrone told MMA Junkie recently.
“If you’re talking popularity and the business side of it and making money, yeah. It’s two different games. The UFC gets to pick and choose and do that they want for what makes financially more sense for them. That’s just what this game has turned into.”
McGregor holds two of the top drawing events in UFC’s history on Pay-Per-View, and just sold out the T-Mobile Arena in less than a week drawing a $10 million gate for his non-title fight with Cerrone, while Gaethje lacks that star power at the moment, and may have to ride out until early 2021 for a title shot unless Nurmagomedov or Ferguson have their fight canceled for a sixth time.