Justin Gaethje threatens to ‘burn it all down’ if ‘irrelevant’ Conor McGregor skips ahead of him in the queue for a title shot against UFC lightweight champion Charles Oliveira
- Justin Gaethje appears to be next in line for a UFC lightweight title opportunity
- His performance and win against Michael Chandler was hugely impressive
- Islam Makhachev and Beneil Dariush are set to fight, taking them out equation
- Conor McGregor believes he will be next in line despite losing twice in 2021
- And Gaethje said he would ‘lose his mind’ if McGregor jumped the queue
Justin Gaethje ‘will burn it all down’ if Conor McGregor jumps the queue for the next UFC lightweight title shot.
The American is widely regarded to be the next in line to face Charlies Oliveira in 2022 following his brilliant, brutal win over Michael Chandler at UFC 268.
McGregor has not won a fight in almost two years but called for the clash with the Brazilian after ‘Do Brox’ recently defended his title against Dustin Poirier.
Justin Gaethje defeated Michael Chandler at UFC 268 and wants the next title shot
McGregor is currently looking a lot heavier and also called for the Charles Oliveira bout
The prospect of McGregor moving straight in for a title shot after he recovers from the broken leg he suffered in his third fight with Poirier enrages Gaethje.
The ‘Highlight’ told TMZ: ‘I’ll burn it all down. What do you mean? F*****g burn it down, that’s what I’d do. (McGregor) is so irrelevant.
‘He has not won a fight since 2016 in the lightweight division. I’m ranked No. 1. I saw they updated the rankings. I’m No. 1 now. That feels pretty good. My whole life I’ve been working towards this.
‘That is what’s next. If not, I’ll f*cking burn it down. I’ll show up and start throwing dollies everywhere. I don’t know what the answer is.’
Gaethje was referring to the infamous incident in Brooklyn during which McGregor threw a metal dolly through a bus window at Khabib Nurmagomedov.
If Gaethje went on to win the belt against Oliveira, he says he would deny the Irishman the chance to face him as he has to work his way back into contention.
He went on: ‘I would absolutely not allow him to fight for the title.
‘He did not win and go through the process. He’s not gonna sh** on everything that we – there’s too many.
Gaethje is the No 1 contender and is likely to face Oliveira in the first half of 2022
Beneil Dariush, Islam Makhachev, those are the guys that we fight. Not Conor McGregor. That’s not how this works. He’s becoming more and more irrelevant as time goes on.
‘Pretty soon you won’t even be asking me these questions. It’s gonna be a beautiful f******g day.’
McGregor is expecting to start sparring again in April and could fight soon after but is more likely to be back in action by the summer of 2022.
Michael Chandler is chasing a bout with the ‘Notorious’ and the former two-weight champion does appear to be open to it.
A fourth bout with Poirier is another option while it could also be perfect timing for a third showdown against Nate Diaz.
Oliveira defended his lightweight title against Dustin Poirier at UFC 269 in Las Vegas
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