Justin Gaethje believes a win over Dustin Poirier may very properly land him one other alternative at UFC gold.
The 2 leather-slinging lightweights will run again their 2018 traditional this summer time because the promotion makes its long-awaited return to Salt Lake Metropolis for UFC 291. ‘The Spotlight’ and ‘The Diamond’ will headline the July 29 occasion with the bragging rights belt, in any other case often known as the BMF championship, on the road. Extra importantly, each males may very properly be preventing for one more crack at a legit UFC championship. At the least, that’s what Justin Gaethje instructed throughout his current look on ESPN’s DC & RC.
“These rankings are for a cause,” Gaethje mentioned. “They may not be as legit as we predict they’re, however he’s No. 2, I’m No. 3. No. 1 is preventing No. 4, and the champion wants somebody to battle. I believe if Dariush wins, he’s going to battle (Makhachev) in October, and the winner of that battle will battle the winner of this battle. If Oliveira (wins), I believe certainly one of us goes to be proper again into camp” (h/t MMA Junkie).
Beneil Dariush and Charles Oliveira are scheduled to co-main occasion the promotion’s return to Canada on June 10. As Justin Gaethje instructed, Dariush is anticipated to lastly get his first shot on the 155-pound crown with a win over the previous light-weight titleholder. Nevertheless, if ‘Do Bronx’ will get again into the win column, it’s unlikely that he’ll bounce proper again right into a title battle with reigning champion Islam Makhachev given the decisive finish to their UFC 280 headliner in October.
Justin Gaethje Understands that Time is Operating Out to Obtain His Dream
That would pave the way in which for both Justin Gaethje or Dustin Poirier to fill the hole and earn what would probably be their final probability at turning into a UFC champion. Even when Dariush will get the very best of Oliveira, the winner of Gaethje vs. Poirier 2 will nonetheless discover themselves in line for a title battle, nevertheless it probably wouldn’t happen till 2024 with a rematch between Makhachev and featherweight king Alexander Volkanovski looming massive.
Justin Gaethje acknowledges the significance of getting previous Gaethje with a view to someday obtain his dream of being a world champion. ‘The Spotlight’ additionally realizes that the clock is ticking on his profession and earlier than lengthy, he should make the choice that each fighter finally involves face.
“I don’t wish to put myself able the place I’ve bought to assume if I lose, however I wouldn’t think about as a result of the fireplace isn’t gone,” Gaethje continued. “Once I speak in these hyperboles, I’m speaking in regards to the future. I’m speaking in regards to the actuality of the state of affairs. I’m 35 fights right into a profession. I’m 34 years outdated. There’s lots examples of going too lengthy, and I’ve folks round me that love me which might be going to stop that. I belief them, and after they wish to have that dialog, I’ll take heed to them. For proper now, we’re full steam forward.”