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Why Justin Gaethje Threw The UFC Title On The Floor After Victory Over Tony Ferguson At UFC 249

Why Justin Gaethje Threw The UFC Title On The Floor After Victory Over Tony Ferguson At UFC 249

Justin Gaethje isn't interested in any interim titles as he eyes the "real one" following his incredible victory at UFC 249.

Gaethje stopped Tony Ferguson in the main-event of UFC 249 to claim the interim-UFC lightweight title.

But 'The Highlight' couldn't care less about the interim-belt as he threw it on the floor after Dana White wrapped UFC gold around his waist.

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After Gaethje threw the title away, Joe Rogan asked why to which the UFC lightweight star replied: "I'm waiting for the real one!"

The 31-year-old continued by saying: "I knew I was a killer stepping in here. No better drug on Earth. Adrenaline coursing through my veins.

"I had to lose to change. Can't fix what's not broken. I was getting hit too much, and I was having too much fun. At this level you absolutely cannot do that."

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Gaethje's now in line to face UFC lightweight king Khabib Nurmagomedov, who praised the dangerous striker.

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"It was so impressive, congratulations. Very smart fight," the Russian champion said about Gaethje's impressive showing in Florida.

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Both men are managed by Ali Abdelaziz, but he insists he won't stand in the way of an undisputed clash.

Speaking before UFC 249, he said: "You saw (what happened when) Henry Cejudo fought Marlon Moraes before.

"If (Gaethje is) going to be interim champion, he's going to fight Khabib for the undisputed lightweight championship. These guys work all their lives to become a champion. Who am I to step in the way to making that happen? I know Tony (Ferguson) had a problem before with (having the same management as Conor McGregor), but that's not how I do business.

"I don't think it's fair for a manager or a promoter to stop a guy from having his dreams come true of becoming the undisputed UFC champion. If Justin wins, it's a fair fight. Him and Khabib will fight."

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Nurmagomedov or Gaethje? Let us know who you're picking in the comment section below.

Topics: Khabib Nurmagomedov, Justin Gaethje, joe rogan, UFC News, Tony Ferguson, Fight News, UFC, MMA, UFC 249

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, Michael Bisping and Anthony Joshua. He's also an avid Bristol City fan.