‘I’ll Roll Him up and Smoke Him Like a Blunt’- Justin Gaethje Trolls Nate Diaz

Published 01/28/2021, 6:59 AM EST


‘The Highlight’ Justin Gaethje hasn’t fought since his UFC 254 loss to Khabib Nurmagomedov. The former WSOF lightweight champion got his first shot at UFC gold against ‘The Eagle’ but fell short. He is currently looking for an opponent for his next dance and, there is an array of options available with the current state of the UFC lightweight division.

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Charles Oliveira is on the rise. Former Bellator champion Michael Chandler had a fantastic debut too at UFC 257. A rematch against Dustin Poirier or a fight against Conor McGregor is a great option for Gaethje, too. There is also the return of Nate Diaz looming large over the 155 lbs division of the UFC, but Gaethje believes he would obliterate Diaz should they fight.

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In a recent interview with ESPN MMA, Gaethje said, “[If] they called me to fight Nate Diaz, I am fighting Nate Diaz. I will roll him up and smoke him like a blunt. I can smoke Nate Diaz every day of the week. I guarantee that. I’m not very proud of that. But he’s Mr. 420. I’ll roll him up and smoke him.

JACKSONVILLE, FL – MAY 09: Tony Ferguson (L) of the United States looks to punch Justin Gaethje (R) of the United States in their Interim lightweight title fight during UFC 249 at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena on May 9, 2020, in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Douglas P. DeFelice/Getty Images)

Gaethje has the style of a brawler. So has Nate Diaz. Both fighters are versatile in their striking and grappling and are comfortable wherever the fight takes place. They are extremely durable as well.

‘The Highlight’ who defeated Tony Ferguson in 2020 and got his shot at the UFC gold and is vying for another chance to capture the championship, currently.

Is Justin Gaethje vs Nate Diaz the fight to make?

With Diaz seemingly returning to lightweight, the division has been put on notice. There won’t be any shortage of takers for the Stockton native, and a fight against Gaethje will be a delight.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – NOVEMBER 02: Nate Diaz of the United States fights against Jorge Masvidal (not pictured) of the United States in the Welterweight “BMF” championship bout during UFC 244 at Madison Square Garden on November 02, 2019, in New York City. (Photo by Steven Ryan/Getty Images)

Absolute carnage will ensue, and a battle for the ages could unfold. But, with Gaethje sitting near the top of the lightweight division, it is unlikely Diaz will be matched up against him upon his return. ‘The Highlight’ will probably take on other top contenders like Chandler or Oliveira first.

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What did you make of Justin Gaethje’s exclusive remarks on Nate Diaz?

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Apratim Banerjee is an MMA author for EssentiallySports and has been writing professionally for almost a year. Before his current gig, Apratim worked as a UFC writer for Sportskeeda. A long-time MMA fan, Apratim has developed a critical eye for the sport that has helped him transfer his vast knowledge to his copies and give hardcore and casual readers a detailed insight into the fights and fighters.

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