Justin Gaethje Names The Three Huge UFC Fights He Wants Before Retiring
Gaethje, 31, became a huge player in the lightweight division after stopping Tony Ferguson to claim the interim lightweight title at UFC 249.
And 'The Highlight' is targeting three huge bouts before calling time on his glittering MMA career.
UFC lightweight champion Nurmagomedov, McGregor and former foe Poirier are all on his hit-list with the American fighter then keen to "get the f**k out of here."
Speaking about a clash with McGregor, he told Joe Rogan: "I do. I want to shut him up. I'd love that. I really would.
"I could fight him right now if I wanted to. Everyone is going to say that I'm lying, that if it was there I would take it. Daniel Cormier said that the other day. I'm not that fighter. For one, I have an opportunity to do something that can be unmatched in the history of our sport.
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"To go in there, to come off the circumstances, to beat Tony like I did, go beat Khabib, go beat Conor, that's legendary."
He added: "Fight Poirier and then get the f**k out of here. That's all I need. What do I need after that? That'd be legendary, I'd make plenty of money - which is ultimately what I'm here to do - and I took control of my destiny, which is all I asked for.
"Business wise, the smart move right now could be to fight Conor, because obviously that's a lot of money, but I make way more money when I beat Khabib and then fight. And if Conor's not there, I'll fight Poirier. He's not on my list. Khabib and Poirier are the two on my list right now. If I fight them two, with big paydays, then I'm good."
Isn't it ironic that this dude is on his knees. Careful @TheNotoriousMMA you are losing your clout. @DustinPoirier is sitting there ready to go like I was for the last 3 years. #gaethjevskhabib @danawhite @seanshelby @Mickmaynard2 pic.twitter.com/WUCbDFnHM4
- Justin Gaethje :flag_us: (@Justin_Gaethje) May 15, 2020
Gaethje is set to face Nurmagomedov next with an undisputed bout penciled in for UFC Fight Island in September. Dana White claims McGregor is in line to face the winner.
The former WSOF lightweight champion also wants to run it back with Poirier, who beat him in April 2018.