Gaethje meets Poirier on Apr 14 during Glendale’s Gila River Arena in a categorical eventuality of UFC on FOX 29. The matchup takes place only 7 days after a UFC’s long-muddled lightweight design finally perceived a spirit of clarity with Khabib Nurmagomedov’s pretension win over Al Iaquinta during UFC 223, a win that nude belts divided from Tony Ferguson and Conor McGregor and centralized a championship only underneath Nurmagomedov.
That gives Gaethje a transparent aim to aim for after his conflict on Saturday night, and for that, he’s happy — even if he isn’t happy with Nurmagomedov’s initial callout with a belt.
“There is a some-more transparent path,” Gaethje pronounced Wednesday during UFC on FOX 29 open workouts, “even nonetheless Khabib says he wants to go quarrel GSP, that is counterproductive to all he talked sh*t to Conor about, or talked sh*t on Conor about. But other than that, yeah, it doesn’t matter. Tony (Ferguson), a leader of [Kevin Lee] and (Edson) Barboza [could be subsequent in line for me], nonetheless it doesn’t matter — I’ve got to get past Poirier, who’s a unequivocally dangerous opponent, and I’d be a dope to demeanour past him.”
Nurmagomedov announced his enterprise to quarrel former UFC welterweight and middleweight champion Georges St-Pierre in a evident issue of his win over Iaquinta. Nurmagomedov cited his indebtedness for St-Pierre as a reason for his callout, nonetheless it didn’t finish adult mattering, as St-Pierre quickly declined Nurmagomedov’s offer by explaining that a undefeated Dagestani has “unfinished business” to initial take caring of during 155 pounds
Step one of that unprepared business unequivocally good could be McGregor.
The UFC has nonetheless to announce what consequences a renouned Irishman will face for his absurd train conflict during UFC 223 that resulted in a detriment of 3 opposite fights, however Gaethje doesn’t consider McGregor should get a book thrown during him.
The approach Gaethje sees it, McGregor has already harm his possess checkbook enough.
“There’s zero unequivocally we can make of that,” Gaethje pronounced of McGregor’s antics. “It’s crazy resources that we wish will never occur again, nonetheless we put a garland of fighters in an locus and someone competence quarrel any other.
“Conor’s going to get punished by profitable millions of dollars to people, so that’s copiousness of punishment. And we don’t wish him to go anywhere, since like we said, I’m going to quarrel and scratch my approach to a championship. So possibly he’s there or Khabib’s there, it doesn’t matter.”
A win over Poirier would immediately bearing Gaethje behind into a pretension mix. So while Gaethje believes Nurmagomedov is “absolutely” a honourable champion of 155 pounds, he sees copiousness of holes he could feat opposite “The Eagle” when a dual eventually meet.
“26-0, he’s No. 1 in a universe on paper and he’s proven it over and over,” Gaethje said.
“I positively consider we could kick him. Kick his legs off. He binds his chin adult high and I’m an All-American wrestler, Division I, so we do consider we could stop his takedowns.”
First adult on a docket, though, is Gaethje’s dance date opposite Poirier. And after a events in Brooklyn, Gaethje is already entering UFC on FOX 29 with a slight leg adult on his competitor.
Last week, Gaethje’s teammate Rose Namajunas successfully shielded her strawweight championship opposite Poirier’s teammate, Joanna Jedrzejczyk, in UFC 223’s co-main event. Now, Gaethje is looking to make it back-to-back unsatisfactory weeks for ATT.
“It creates me feel happy,” Gaethje said, “especially meaningful [Poirier] has a same coaches. They quarrel out of a same gym. So we’re 1-0 right now, so I’ve got to keep that going.”