Gaethje Nearly Lost Fight Due To His Eye

Justin Gaethje promises either he or Cowboy Cerrone will be going to sleep at UFC Fight Night Vancouver on September 14th.

An ambitious promise by the fighter who nearly missed the ESPN+ card because of an eye injury.

“I’ll be honest to everyone, I’m wearing these sunglasses because I almost didn’t make it to this fight,” Gaethje said. “I had an eye infection and I’m through that now and I just got off the plane about an hour and a half ago and I came straight here because I was not gonna miss this opportunity to work out and get the blood flowing and get my mind into fight week. So these lights are super bright, but I’m 100 percent ready to go.

“I’ve fought blind my whole life, so unless my eyes are cut out I’m fighting.”

Gaethje did not go into details during Wednesday’s media day but did let reporters know that it is not anything to be concerned with.

“I’m seeing drastic improvements every day. This is just a precaution,” Gaethje said of the sunglasses. “I wanted to keep my eyes open for you guys.”

“I’ve seen many doctors,” Gaethje said. “I’m cleared and I’m ready to go.”

Main card (ESPN+ at 8 p.m. ET)

Donald Cerrone vs. Justin Gaethje

Glover Teixeira vs. Nikita Krylov

Todd Duffee vs. Jeff Hughes

Michel Pereira vs. Tristan Connelly

Uriah Hall vs. Antonio Carlos Junior

Misha Cirkunov vs. Jimmy Crute

Undercard (ESPN+ at 5 p.m. ET)

Marcin Tybura vs. Augusto Sakai

Cole Smith vs. Miles Johns

Brad Katona vs. Hunter Azure

Chas Skelly vs. Jordan Griffin

Louis Smolka vs. Ryan MacDonald

Kyle Prepolec vs. Austin Hubbard

Report: MMA Fighting

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