Former lightweight challenger Justin Gaethje has not competed since the fifth month of this year when he was defeated by Charles Oliveira in a lightweight title fight. On that occasion, Oliveira fell on the scales and only Gaethje could emerge as the winner, but about half way through the round, "Do Bronx" was enough to finish Gaethje, so the lightweight category was then left without a champion.
Justin also had an accident before that fight because he fell off his bike and hit his head on the road, and in the fight he still received damage so he decided to take a slightly longer break. It seems that Gaethje has healed his wounds and has already started thinking about future opponents, and yesterday he highlighted the two.
UFC lightweight contender Justin Gaethje sees Rafael Fiziev and Charles Oliveira as good options for his next fight. “They both make just as much sense to me right now,” Gaethje told reporters, including MMA Junkie, at a news conference last week.
“I need two wins, doesn’t matter who. They’re gonna be big fights. I don’t wanna fight just anybody, obviously. Both of those guys are possible fights for my next fight. But again, my job is to stay out of my emotions.
If I think about those fights, I get emotional, because that’s who we are as humans. I have to put the responsibility on the people that I trust, which is my coach, my manager, and they’re gonna pick the best fight for me, whoever that is”.
Gaethje wants to be on the same card as Kamaru Usman
“I really want to be on the card that Kamaru’s on,” Gaethje said. “It sounds like it’s gonna be in March. I don’t know if it’s gonna be in London.
I had a huge fight last fight, I got hit really hard, and one thing we have over other sports is the ability to take some time off. Every fight with the UFC has been absolutely huge, but my last three or four fights have been the biggest fights you can be in, so we just got to take time”.
At the very end, he said that he wanted to fight on the same show as Kamaru Usman, and he also said that he could return in the third month. We will find out who the coaches and manager will choose as the next opponent for "Highlight" in the coming period.
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