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