Justin Gaethje sets date to fight for the belt if he wins over Max Holloway at UFC 300

Former interim lightweight champion, Gaethje plans to fight for the category title in November if he wins this Saturday (13)

Justin Gaethje won the BMF belt at UFC 291. Photo: Reproduction/Instagram

Justin gaethje won the BMF belt in UFC 291. Photo: Reproduction/Instagram

Second place in the lightweight ranking (up to 70,3 kg) and current holder of the 'BMF' belt, Justin gaethje does not believe he will become the next challenger for the belt Islam makhachev, even if he authoritatively defends his title in UFC 300, this Saturday (13), against Max Holloway.

In an interview with the North American website 'MMA Junkie', Gaethje ignored Dustin poirier and named the winner of the duel between Charles of the Bronx e Arman Tsarukyan as his likely next opponent Islam makhachev for the title in June. The American stated that he would hardly be ready to fight in the middle of the year and pointed out the ideal date to fight for the belt.


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Dustin Poirier will be in action at UFC 302. Photo: Reproduction/Instagram/UFC

“Ideally, they are calling the fight between Oliveira and Tsarukyan a 'title eliminator,' so the winner of that fight would face Islam makhachev in June. I'll face the winner, preferably at Madison Square Garden in November. It would be a perfect timeline for me. I would have my time to rest, recover and train. It would be perfect for me. Let's see if (Charles) Oliveira gets into bed again. I think that if Tsarukyan wins, he will take the fight”, analyzed the former interim champion.

Although he does not consider himself ready to challenge for the title in June, Justin gaethje is convinced that his next fight, if he wins Max Holloway No. UFC 300, it will be for the lightweight belt, whenever that may be.


“I think if you appreciate the way this sport works, I fought Raphael Fiziev, I knocked out number 2 (Poirier) and there was no one left. Oliveira should have faced him (Makhachev) in October. I should have faced the winner in February. It didn’t happen like that and this is where we are,” he concluded.

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