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Sports Gaethje thinks McGregor may fight him: 'He has more confidence now'

20:25  22 january  2020
20:25  22 january  2020 Source:   thescore.com

Conor McGregor holds all the UFC cards after comeback win

  Conor McGregor holds all the UFC cards after comeback win LAS VEGAS — After three years without a victory, Conor McGregor needed only 40 seconds to reclaim his place at the centre of the mixed martial arts world. McGregor's dynamic stoppage of Donald Cerrone in UFC 246 on Saturday night put the Irish superstar firmly in control of the future of two UFC divisions. Every elite lightweight and welterweight will practically beg for his shot against a fighter who still commands the world's attention likeMcGregor's dynamic stoppage of Donald Cerrone in UFC 246 on Saturday night put the Irish superstar firmly in control of the future of two UFC divisions.

Justin Gaethje thinks Conor McGregor may be more willing to fight him after the Irishman got back on track at UFC 246. "Ultimately, that dude makes his own decisions," Gaethje said during an appearance on the "Punchlines Podcast" earlier this week. "I think he has more confidence now .

“ He needed a win. So yeah, I think he ’ll fight me now .” Heading into UFC 246, Gaethje was less than pleased with how things were shaking out in the Gaethje might be more right than even he knows. Speaking with ESPN’s Ariel Helwani on Monday, McGregor ’s head coach John Kavanagh stated that

  Gaethje thinks McGregor may fight him: 'He has more confidence now' © Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC / UFC / Getty

Justin Gaethje thinks Conor McGregor may be more willing to fight him after the Irishman got back on track at UFC 246.

"Ultimately, that dude makes his own decisions," Gaethje said during an appearance on the "Punchlines Podcast" earlier this week. "I think he has more confidence now. He needed a win. So yeah, I think maybe he'll fight me now."

McGregor finished Donald Cerrone 40 seconds into their pay-per-view headliner Saturday night in Las Vegas. It was his first fight since October 2018 and first win since November 2016.

Ahead of his return, UFC president Dana White said McGregor would likely fight the winner of Khabib Nurmagomedov versus Tony Ferguson for the lightweight title if he beat "Cowboy."

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“Ultimately that dude makes his own decisions, and I think he has more confidence now ,” Gaethje said to the Punchlines Podcast (via MMA Fighting ). Although Justin Gaethje believes the Conor McGregor fight makes sense, he knows he may have missed his opportunity by not being Octagon

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Gaethje, the No. 4-ranked lightweight, wasn't thrilled with that. Winner of three in a row - all by first-round knockout - he believes he's deserving of the next title shot.

But "The Highlight" won't do anything out of the ordinary to persuade the promotion to give him the next big fight, be it against the Nurmagomedov-Ferguson winner or McGregor.

"It takes a lot of intelligence to be able to (be a different person on and off camera), for one," Gaethje said. "To be able to keep that act up is gonna take a lot of time, a lot of energy, and a lot of concentration away from what I want to do. And ultimately, I just love the competition.

"It could hurt me in the long run, just not wanting to take that route. I could have been (at UFC 246), I could have been front row. I could have made a scene. ... And maybe I'll miss an opportunity because I wasn't there."

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