UFC Lightweight Reveals Justin Gaethje Offended Conor McGregor And Lost Deal To Fight Him

Published 04/14/2021, 11:00 AM EDT
ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – OCTOBER 23: Justin Gaethje poses on the scale during the UFC 254 weigh-in on October 23, 2020 on UFC Fight Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC)


Conor McGregor is a man that can change someone’s life. Any fighter that gets into the cage with him is guaranteed a million-dollar payout. As a result, McGregor chooses his opponents very strategically. He is fully aware of the position he is in while making fight negotiations. It isn’t the best to get McGregor angry in those situations.

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However, UFC Lightweight Dan Hooker has revealed that Justin Gaethje was ‘this close’ to signing a deal to fight Conor. However, some comments Gaethje made about McGregor as a husband led to Conor canceling the bout and fighting Dustin Poirier instead.

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“Why would he change the life of a guy he hates? Or someone who says stupid shit about him? I know old Justin Gaethje was this close to getting that fight across the line. This close to getting that signed. Then he said something about Conor being a bad husband, and Conor pulls out and fights Dustin. It makes complete sense to me.

“Why would he change Justin Gaethje’s life? Why would he make Justin Gaethje a multi-millionaire if he’s saying he’s a bad husband or a bad father? Or he’s discrediting him as a man. As a man, being a good husband and a good father is something you take very seriously. So if someone calls it into question, why would he change their life?”

Conor McGregor: Will he never fight Justin Gaethje?

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ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JANUARY 23: Conor McGregor of Ireland addresses the media after the UFC 257 event inside Etihad Arena on UFC Fight Island on January 23, 2021 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)

Conor McGregor knows the position he is in when he books his fights. His opponent will definitely be a smaller-name star than him, so they always gain more than he does when these fights happen. As a result, he will be careful about who he gives the ‘rub’ to.

But McGregor also puts business above personal feelings as well. After all, he fought Khabib Nurmagomedov when they hated each other because that was the biggest fight possible. Along with that, Nurmagomedov was the champion at the time.

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There was a lot of upside to the Poirier fight for McGregor, including it being a rematch and Poirier being the highest-ranked fighter available. The rematch is also important to McGregor’s career and record. But Gaethje has never factored in as a must-have for McGregor, so unless circumstances wildly change, Conor will probably choose to not fight him.

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Ishaan Bhattacharya

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Ishaan Bhattacharya is an NBA, NCAA Basketball, and Combat Sports writer at EssentiallySports. Currently, Ishaan is pursuing a Post Graduate Degree in Journalism from Xavier's Institute of Communication. Previously, Ishaan has written for The Indian Express, The Quint, Sportskeeda, and WrestleClub.

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