Justin Gaethje has once again reached a pivotal point in his career where a win will significantly put him ahead in the race for the lightweight belt, but a loss shall derail his loaded progress and make it more difficult for him to climb to the top.
The rematch with Dustin Poirier offers him the perfect opportunity to avenge his bitter loss and secure a comprehensive victory. Justin Gaethje’s eyes are on the main target or the end goal, which is the prestigious UFC lightweight belt that is currently under the possession of Islam Makhachev.
Perhaps the winner of Islam Makhachev and Charles Oliveria could fight either Dustin Poirier or Justin Gaethje next. UFC 291 is less than a few days away, and the excitement is already buzzing.
Justin Gaethje on his rematch
During the recent media day, Justin Gaethje shared his thoughts on the rematch with Dustin Poirier and revealed that he isn’t interested in defending the BMF belt if he wins it.
“I’ve accepted that this is a 50/50 fight in my mind,” Gaethje said, as quoted by mmajunkie.usatoday.com. “With the chance at retribution, it’s been driving me every day to work harder. … I think I have to be more technical no matter what.
Obviously, I’m willing to fight fire with fire. That’s what we do in this game. Gaethje further said: But I’m going to try to be as methodical as possible and make no mistakes. At this level, it’s mistakes.
Take advantage of their mistakes and make no mistakes”. “I think this is No. 2 vs. No. 3, (and) No. 1 is fighting the champion in October, then we’re going to fight the winner of that, the winner of this fight, The aspirations are the championship belt.
I think this catapults me right to that. I won’t be looking to defend that. If I have the choice, it’s going to be going for that championship belt”.
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