Conor McGregor was thought to be lining up Justin Gaethje as his next UFC opponent, but the American says he bypassed the chance to make the most money possible in fighting the Irishman by deciding to fight Tony Ferguson at UFC 249 to become a legend.
Ferguson was originally scheduled to face off with Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 249 in Brooklyn.
But the fight was nixed after Nurmagomedv became stuck in his home country of Russia because of the coronavirus.
The fight has now been moved to the west coast of the United States and will go ahead on April 18 with Gaethje in Nurmagomedov’s place.
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But he won’t make the money that he would have earned fighting McGregor, the sport’s biggest star.
“If I lose, then where are we at? It’s in the same exact spot we’re in right now,” Gaethje said.
“I’m gonna go out there and get a paycheck, which is nice, but ultimately, I get a chance for glory.
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“Heroes live forever, legends never die, and I’m literally here to make a statement.
“My name will be carried on far longer after I’m here because of my effort, my work ethic and the skills I possess.”
Gaethje then outlined how he was going to approach his fight with Ferguson, promising to knock him out.
“I got the perfect dance partner that I dream I hit him, he’ll go to sleep,” he added.
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“I possess some of the best finishing skills on the UFC roster.
“I’m gonna attack his body, I’m gonna attack his legs, and whenever he’s worried about those I’m gonna punch him in the head and hopefully, he goes to sleep.
“If not, he’s probably going to cut me up with some elbows, probably choke me out late in the fight if I don’t put him to sleep.
“I’m content with every single one of those scenarios as long as I get to go in there and I don’t disappoint myself, or my family.
“That’s my only goal.”
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