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Justin Gaethje Names The Three Huge UFC Fights He Wants Before Retiring

Justin Gaethje Names The Three Huge UFC Fights He Wants Before Retiring

UFC interim lightweight champion Justin Gaethje is eyeing fights against Khabib Nurmagomedov, Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier before retiring.

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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.

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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."

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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."

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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.

Topics: Khabib Nurmagomedov, Conor Mcgregor, Dustin Poirier, Justin Gaethje, UFC News, Tony Ferguson, Fight News, UFC, MMA

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Nasir Jabbar

Nasir Jabbar is a journalist at SPORTbible. He graduated from Bath Spa University with a BA in Media Communications. He's a combat sport aficionado, and has contributed to MMA websites AddictedMMA and CagePotato. Nasir has covered some of the biggest fights, while interviewing the likes of Conor McGregor, Darren Till, Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua. He's also an avid Bristol City fan.