Abdelaziz was asked if McGregor was going to fight UFC Lightweight Champion Khabib Nuragomedov next, and he responded, “You can’t get a title fight [after] beating a guy that’s 36 years old coming off a loss. If [McGregor] wants to fight [in] a title shot, like Khabib said, he needs to start fighting guys like [Justin] Gaethje or guys like Islam Makhachev; these type of young guys coming up and who [are] coming off wins. [McGregor] just knocked out the guy [Gaethje] just knocked out. You’re not going to get a title fight.”
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Gaethje’s Manager Has a Message for Conor McGregor if He Wants a UFC Title Shot
Gaethje’s manager admits that Notorious’ 40-second destruction of Donald Cerrone was a “good performance,” and that “he treated Cerrone like the way he should have treated him.” But he doesn’t believe that’s enough for McGregor to earn a shot at Nurmagomedov should the champ get past Tony Ferguson at UFC 249.
Abdelaziz had some advice for McGregor. He said, “I say, hey b*tch, go fight Justin Gaethje, get a win and after that come back for the title shot, that’s it.”
Conor McGregor vs. Justin Gaethje Could Be a Legit Title-Eliminator Fight
Currently, the Notorious is ranked at #3 of the UFC’s lightweight division, and The Highlight is at #4. Both men are coming off first-round finishes of Cerrone.
McGregor currently holds an MMA record of 22-4 and a UFC record of 10-2, whereas Gaethje’s MMA record is 21-2 and his UFC record is 4-2.
The prospect of a match between these two deadly strikers is appealing to many fans and analysts. Gaethje also has world-class wrestling, which adds another layer of intrigue.
From a rankings standpoint, a bout between these two men makes a lot of sense. The only two men ranked above them, besides the champ Nurmagomedov, are #1 Tony Ferguson and #2 Dustin Poirier. As mentioned above, Ferguson is fighting Nurmagomedov for the title at UFC 249 on April 18.
Poirier is coming off a loss to Nurmagomedov and has been linked to #5 ranked Dan Hooker.
A fight between Notorious and The Highlight would most likely be a top-contender match, with the winner fighting the man who gets his hand raised at UFC 249.