On Saturday night at UFC Vancouver, Justin Gaethje asserted his claim for a lightweight title shot by knocking out Donald Cerrone in the first round. This win is Gaethje’s third straight first-round KO and afterwards, Gaethje called for a title shot against the winner of the Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Tony Ferguson fight that is presumed to be next. However, as that fight is currently nothing more than speculation, it could be some time before Nurmagomedov and Ferguson lock horns, so in the interim, Gaethje said he’d “absolutely” fight former two-division champion Conor McGregor, assuming McGregor isn’t retired. Well, it appears McGregor might like the sound of that.
Taking to social media shortly after Gaethje’s win, McGregor posted a cryptic Tweet simply showing himself.
Then the next day, McGregor sent out a Tweet with a date and location, December 14th, Dublin, Ireland.
Dublin, December 14th.— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) September 16, 2019
As a Dublin native, McGregor has lobbied the UFC aggressively for years to host a PPV even in his home country, and has been particularly interested in headlining an event at Croke Park. December 14 is currently set as the date for UFC 245, which is scheduled for Las Vegas, but it’s not hard to imagine the UFC could shift things around for McGregor’s return.
Look, it’s possible that McGregor’s Tweets don’t mean anything, after all, it wouldn’t be the first time. But McGregor and Gaethje have been circling each other for some time now and were apparently close to fighting once already. When McGregor went on his apology tour last month, “Notorious” revealed that his team was in negotiations for a bout with Gaethje but things feel through when McGregor broke his hand. McGregor has been adamant he wants a rematch with Khabib but at this point that seems highly unlikely, so a bout with Gaethje makes sense as a win would basically guarantee him the next title shot.
Dana White has been saying Conor was going to sit back and see how things at lightweight played out and what Conor wanted to do next. Well, now we know what he wants.
Results. Justin Gaethje demolishes ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone with vicious first-round TKO at UFC Vancouver.
Title shot. Justin Gaethje wants the winner of Khabib vs. Tony Ferguson but he would ‘absolutely’ fight Conor McGregor.
Hopes. Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone not ready to pass the torch yet: ‘I’m going to get the belt. It’s going to happen’.
UFC Vancouver post-fight show.
Full video of Khabib with Putin.
10 things Cowboy can’t live without. Cowboy needs a Snickers sponsorship.
Looking at the history of random belts.
Woodley calling out Khabib, because that makes sense.
Extended promo for Diaz-Masvidal.
6th Round. Immediate post-fight reaction to UFC Vancouver.
Severe MMA. Discussing UFC Vancouver, KSW, and what’s next for Justin Gaethje.
SOCIAL MEDIA BOUILLABAISSE
He’s the most entertaining fighter in the history of the sport.
Say what you want Justin is the most entertaining fighter to watch in whole UFC . Hope he’s getting paid soon— Eddie Alvarez (@Ealvarezfight) September 15, 2019
I accept this offer.
I fought him in his backyard already how about New Orleans if we do it again https://t.co/s0UuXkFhbA— The Diamond (@DustinPoirier) September 15, 2019
This is gonna be fun.
Islam trying to call the shots.
@MoTownPhenom you ain’t in position to call date and location. I was calling you out 2years in a row. Now you wait till January and I’ll give you a lesson boy— Makhachev Islam (@MAKHACHEVMMA) September 14, 2019
The superfight we deserved.
GSP vs Anderson Silva. If they fought in their prime, who do you think would’ve won? pic.twitter.com/a3FgDV5Aoc— Helen Yee (@HelenYeeSports) September 14, 2019
Cain ain’t never coming back to fighting, and he shouldn’t.
The more you know.
Yes sir you have it right. The only time a Stomp is legal is to standing fighter and it can only be on the foot. As soon as a fighter is grounded there is no area that can be legally stomped, including the feet. Kicks to the Body of a grounded fighter is legal #AskBJM https://t.co/BagOkleckM— Big John McCarthy (@JohnMcCarthyMMA) September 16, 2019
Mariusz Pudzianowski (12-7) vs. Erko Jun (3-0); KSW 51, Nov. 9.
Gaethje is the toughest test for Khabib, come at me.
Thanks for reading and see y’all tomorrow.
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