Wiht lightweight GOAT Khabib Nurmagomedov not MMA Retired, but retired retired, the top of the division is busy. #3 ranked Michael Chandler fights #4 ranked Charles Oliveira for the vacant title at UFC 262. #1 Dustin Poirier fights #6 Conor McGregor for the money at a UFC event on July 10. #5 Tony Ferguson fights #9 Beniel Dariush, also at UFC 262, and presumably serves as backups should either fighter fall out of the main event.
However, #2 ranked Justin Gaethje has nothing, and he's not impressed, as he made clear during a recent interview with Raptors MMA.
“Who knows, man,” Gaethje said. “I can’t talk about it a lot right now. I’m sure me talking about it is the reason I’m here in the past. Who knows? Maybe I pissed someone off, I don’t know. All I know is since I was 12, 13 years old, I listened to Dana White do his interviews and explain what he wanted in a fighter, and I’m that motherf***er.
“If I get disrespected, it’s gonna be hurtful because I really bought into what that man talked about. So yeah, it’ll hurt because I feel like I’m a company man from Day 1. I don’t ever wanna go anywhere else, I don’t ever want to fight anywhere else. But my principles are the most important thing to me, so we’ll see what happens.”
Gaethje is coming off a thrilling loss to Nurmagomedov, which ended an extraordinary run of four straight wins, that earned a combined five performance bonuses and the interim UFC title. UG, here's the top 10, who do your want to see Gaethje fight next?
1. Dustin Poirier
2. Justin Gaethje
3. Charles Oliveira
4. Michael Chandler
5. Tony Ferguson
6. Conor McGregor
7. Rafael Dos Anjos
8. Dan Hooker
9. Beneil Dariush
10. Paul Felder