Ever since the fight between Conor McGregor and Donald Cerrone has been made official, Conor has faced a lot of criticism for not taking the fight with Justin Gaethje. And it did not make things any better when Dana White announced that Conor will be fighting for the title if he gets past Donald Cerrone at UFC 246.
Now, this does not make sense as Justin Gaethje has three first-round finishes from his last three fights. He also has a win over Cerrone who is the next opponent of Conor McGregor. On the other hand, Conor won his last fight against Eddie Alvarez back in UFC 205. Hence it was speculated that Conor was picking an easy fight for his return and UFC was favoring him by guaranteeing him a title shot after UFC 246. However, nothing could be further from the truth.
Justin Gaethje Might be Next for the Notorious One after UFC 246
In a recent interview, Conor McGregor put an end to all the speculations by claiming that he is open to fighting Justin Gaethje after the clash with Donald Cerrone.
“He is on the list. Maybe I will face him next. He has it coming to him. He is a funny guy. He has been taking it to heart. And I know the feeling when you do that. Maybe I will get to Donald and have a quick turn around against Justin. But Justin is on the list, there is no doubt.”
It turns out that UFC picked Donald Cerrone for the octagon return of Conor McGregor. As far as Conor is concerned he just wants consistency and competition. Conor has also shown interest in fighting the welterweight champion, Kamaru Usman.
“I put it(matchmaking) in the UFC hands. I do not care. I am back to who I am and I look forward to going in and showcasing on January 18th. And whoever is after that again it does not matter. I will be ready.”
Conor McGregor is Aiming High Ahead of His UFC Return
To sum up the recent interview with Conor McGregor, he has multiple fights in his mind after UFC 246. He is ready to be on standby for the title fight between Tony Ferguson and Khabib Nurmagomedov and he has no issues in fighting Justin Gaethje.
Now coming to the welterweight division, Conor wants the undisputed title, currently owned by Kamaru Usman. Though Conor is not rejecting the fight with Jorge Masvidal, the BMF title is not what Conor is looking for.
Well, it’s safe to conclude that Conor is focused and more determined than he was when he fought Khabib after a long layoff. However, will that be enough to dethrone champions such as Khabib Nurmagomedov and Kamaru Usman?
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