The Highlight Has Jumped to the Top of the Queue of Fighters Ready to Welcome Conor McGregor Back to the UFC… Now His Manager Ali Abdelaziz Has Gone on a Trademark Rant to Drive Up the Hype… 

Can you imagine the chaos of a fight between Justin Gaethje and Conor McGregor? Say what you like about the Irishman, but he’s never been knocked out in MMA. He’s also shown a willingness to throw down, with his second fight against Nate Diaz one of the greatest of all time.

‘The Highlight’ is the ultimate action fighter though. He brings carnage to every octagon he steps into and if he loses, he goes out swinging. He’s also cut the line to be Conor McGregor’s next most likely opponent. Tony Ferguson and Donald Cerrone seemed most likely, but now they’re fighting. Nate Diaz and Anthony Pettis have cancelled each other out.

Now Gaethje could be in line for a red panty night and the time frame for both men to prepare would work out quite nicely. Manager Ali Abdelaziz believes that the American would absolutely savage McGregor.

Mandatory Credit: USA TODAY Sports.

Eight Weeks

As a mere mortal writing this article, I really don’t understand why anybody would want to fight Justin Gaethje. You may as well massage your face with a blender because even if you win you’re going to come away with some nasty battle scars. ‘The Highlight’ truly is exactly what his nickname says and it’s highly likely that McGregor might just say, thanks but no thanks. Abdelaziz said:

“People want to chase this guy, Conor McGregor. If you want to come and get it – understand, if you give Gaethje eight weeks, Gaethje doesn’t take short-notice fights. Just to be clear, for everyone to know out there, Gaethje needs eight weeks.

If you give Gaethje eight weeks and ask him to fight you, anybody, he’s going to fight. He’s not going to turn down any fights, right? But do you really think that Conor McGregor wants to go to as dark of a place as Justin Gaethje takes you? Do you believe so?”

Conor McGregor fights Eddie Alvarez for the UFC lightweight title. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger, USA TODAY Sports.


It’s clear that Abdelaziz thinks that McGregor is soft compared to the mad man that is ‘The Highlight.’ Even if you don’t like the Egyptian, you’ve got to admit that he does a fantastic job of promoting his fighters and driving up hype for potential fights.

“Conor McGregor is an Instagram model,” Abdelaziz said. “Conor McGregor, he just wants attention. He goes to the gym every day, and they give him a spray bottle to make him look sweaty. But we know this guy doesn’t really train hard, because if you train hard, you can’t be losing. He hasn’t won a fight since 1996.

If Justin Gaethje will fight Conor McGregor, it’s like slaughtering a pig, and he’s going to squeal and he’s going to be all red and blue on Monday night. His legs will be like a rainbow colour. His face would be like a watermelon, black and red. We’ll give this white boy some colour. We’ll give him a bloody tan. Justin Gaethje would eat his heart alive.”

Apr 14, 2018; Glendale, AZ, USA; Dustin Poirier (red gloves) fights against Justin Gaethje (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Gila River Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports.

Worth It?

Some believe that Gaethje’s tenacity, ferocity and knowledge of wrestling could be enough to make him a challenge for the champion Khabib Nurmagamedov. His issue is getting consistent wins against the very best. He’s fallen short twice in epic clashes with Dustin Poirier and Eddie Alvarez but demonstrated his elite level against Edson Barboza and James Vick.

Would Conor McGregor really want a piece of that? Surely, the Irishman can find an opponent who wouldn’t be such a savage. Of course, that left hand is capable of putting anybody down. But if you don’t end Gaethje early, you’re going to be in for a night of brutal pain… even if you win.

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