Justin Gaethje would be furious if Conor McGregor fights for the vacant lightweight title next time out.
After McGregor suffered a second-round TKO loss to Dustin Poirier at UFC 257, he and his coach, John Kavanagh called for the trilogy for the vacant lightweight title. However, many think it should be Poirier vs. Charles Oliveira, but there is no question Poirier vs. McGregor 3 is a massive fight.
If the UFC books Poirier vs. McGregor 3 for the belt, Gaethje says he would consider walking away from the promotion.
“For them to come out and say he wants a title shot next, rematch with Poirier, they’re f—ing idiots,” Gaethje told ESPN. “He’s been treated special over and over and he didn’t capitalize on this opportunity. That event was for him, it was for him to win. He wants to be ‘Mr. Humble’ now, but you know he would have been an asshole had he won that fight.
“He’s not fighting for a title. I will think about never fighting in the UFC again if he fights for a title. That would be preposterous,” Gaethje added. “He’s sitting at No. 6, he’s won one fight in his entire life in the lightweight division. He picks and chooses who he fights. I would love to fight him but I don’t think it should be next. But he ain’t gonna fight me.”
Justin Gaethje is coming off a submission loss to Khabib Nurmagomedov for the lightweight title. Before that, he scored a fifth-round TKO win over Tony Ferguson to win the interim lightweight title. He also holds first-round KO wins over Donald Cerrone, Edson Barboza, and James Vick.
Whether or not Dustin Poirier will face Conor McGregor for the third time for the belt is uncertain at this time. However, there is a chance it does as the Irishman has called for it to happen.