Justin Gaethje wants his fight with Conor McGregor and will continue to call out the former double champion until he gets it.
“It’s bullsh*t,” Gaethje told TMZ Sports of McGregor not signing a fight with him. “I don’t know what’s going on. I’m over here playing in the snow, snowboarding when I can, golfing when I can, trying to keep my mind distracted because I get very frustrated when I think about what’s going on. The fact that if he’s fighting anybody, it should be me, if he wants to fight for a world title. If he doesn’t then he can fight whoever he wants, I’m cool with that. That’s perfectly fine. I have no complaints about that, but if you want to fight for a world title, I put myself in line and you’re trying to be in line so what is happening right now?”
“I truly believe that he is scared to fight the fight that he has to fight against me,” Gaethje said. “I think he’s looking for a sure win. At the end of the day, there’s only two ways out with me. You either knock me out – I wouldn’t finish him like Khabib did, I wouldn’t take his neck. I’d make him stand up and then I’d make him take it like a man. That’s one thing I know deep down he’s terrified of and that’s one thing I bring to the table.
“I think he knows that he needs a win but at the end of the day this is gonna be another Ronda Rousey story. He dug himself too deep of a hole and there’s no way he can come out of it. He’s gonna get knocked out and he’s gonna go away.”
Gaethje, who is riding a three-fight winning streak that includes a knockout of McGregor’s alleged January opponent Donald Cerrone, wants his shot at the lightweight title and is tired of waiting.
“I don’t care, I want to fight Khabib,” Gaethje said. “I’ve got to fight Khabib before he goes away. So the fact that Khabib and Tony isn’t even signed yet, I would rather not even sign a fight with Conor because that would take me out of the equation if something happened with Tony. That’s my number one goal, is to fight Khabib, so however I can make that happen.”
“Right now, talk sh*t to Conor and hopefully pull him out,” Gaethje said of his plan to get a fight with McGregor. “I don’t got to pull him out, the man said he’s gonna fight,” Gaethje concluded. “He’s an absolute b*tch if he does not fight me. He’s gonna lose a ton of respect from all his fans. I mean, how big of a b*tch can you be? Especially when you call yourself the king – the Burger King – and then not fight me solely for the purpose that you have to get a win so you won’t face me.
“He’s a b*tch but I’m hoping he’s only like a b*tch in a way that he doesn’t want them to tell me that I’m fighting him January 18th so that maybe he’ll get a head start in training, not as big a b*tch as just he’s not fighting me. So I don’t know. I’m training like I always do, staying ready.”
Transcribed by MMA Fighting