What Would Wins Over Khabib And Conor McGregor Do For Justin Gaethje?
Interim UFC Lightweight Champion Justin Gaethje is in search of two career-defining victories.
Gaethje is set to take on UFC Lightweight Champion Khabib Nurmagomedov in a title unification bout. The fight will headline UFC 254 on October 24. Nurmagomedov and Gaethje will throw down on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi.
If “The Highlight” can pull off the victory, then he’ll become the first man to defeat Nurmagomedov in a pro MMA bout. A win over Khabib isn’t the only thing Gaethje is coming after. Speaking to ESPN’s Brett Okamoto, Gaethje explained what wins over Khabib and Conor McGregor would do for him (h/t MMAFighting.com).
“Legacy. That’s why I’m most excited for this opportunity. I’ve watched this sport for a long time . . . I truly think that if I can beat Khabib and then beat Conor, I will have cemented something that is unmatched. Anderson Silva, I wouldn’t have matched his title reign. That title reign is something unmatched . . . but in a different regard, it will be much bigger. Khabib is the number one pound-for-pound (fighter) and you have to put it in context of me. Coming off those two losses, everyone was saying ‘He’s done.’ The fact that, the way I was fighting, we all loved it but there was absolutely not chance I was ever gonna fight for a world title. It will be a legacy that I came to cement.”
Gaethje is riding a four-fight winning streak. In that span, he has stopped all of his opponents by knockout or TKO. His list of victims includes Tony Ferguson, Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone, Edson Barboza, and James Vick. When Gaethje defeated Ferguson, he snapped “El Cucuy’s” 12-fight winning streak and became the first man to beat him in eight years.