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Justin Gaethje believes Conor McGregor may be more willing to fight him following his spectacular victory at UFC 246.
McGregor made a triumphant return to the Octagon on Saturday after thrashing Donald Cerrone in 40 seconds.
The Irishman is eyeing fights at lightweight and welterweight as he begins his 2020 season with his coach John Kavanagh wanting his star pupil to fight Gaethje next.
And the American fighter reckons McGregor will fight him now following his comeback win.
"Ultimately that dude makes his own decisions, and I think he has more confidence now. He needed a win. So yeah, I think he'll fight me now," he told the Punchlines Podcast via MMA Fighting.
"I'm not necessarily being overlooked. I'm in the conversation. I lost two times not that long ago, and unfortunately that set me back and that allows these people to have an argument or a case when it comes to the argument or it comes to this circumstance... So it does suck to compete as hard as I do and to put as much as I do into it and to maybe have the situation come along where I do get passed over because of money or politics.
"But at the end of the day if you do keep winning, I'm gonna fight again and if I win, if I knock somebody out again, they can't deny me.
"To be a superstar you have to win and you have to have something special," he added. "For me, I hope that knocking people out is my something special because I can't sell myself, per se, and become a different person on camera and a different person off camera.
"Ultimately, I think it could hurt me in the long run, just not wanting to take that route. I could have been there [at UFC 246]. I could have been front row. I could have made a scene, but I don't know. And maybe I'll miss an opportunity because I wasn't there."
Gaethje is riding an impressive three-fight win streak which includes first round victories over James Vick, Edson Barboza and Cerrone.
Will he get McGregor next? Stay tuned.
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