Former World Series Of Fighting Lightweight Champion Justin Gaethje is currently coaching opposite former UFC Lightweight Champion Eddie Alvarez on the UFC Ultimate Fighter 26.
Gaethje is hoping he can use the spotlight from the reality show and future fight with Alvarez to lure UFC Lightweight Champion Conor McGregor into a fight against him.
“McGregor, when he comes back, he’s gonna pick whoever he wants,” Gaethje said at a media lunch event. “As the competitor that I see him being, he’s gonna want the most dangerous guy. When I finish Eddie Alvarez quickly, that’s gonna be me. On paper and on TV, I’m the most dangerous, violent guy in this division. Most hittable guy. So that’s probably someone he’d want to fight. As long as I knock out Eddie Alvarez quickly, that’s my goal — to get that fight.”
McGregor hasn’t fought himself in the UFC since defeating Eddie Alvarez for the UFC Lightweight Title at UFC 205.
If Gaethje doesn’t get his hands on McGregor, then he wouldn’t mind stepping into the Octagon to battle the undefeated Khabib Nurmagomedov.
“[McGregor] has to come back and he’s not gonna want to fight Tony Ferguson or Kevin Lee,” Gaethje said. “Being the crazy person I am, Eddie Alvarez and Conor make me nervous and make me lose sleep at night. I don’t lose any sleep when I think about Tony Ferguson or Kevin Lee. Not saying they can’t beat me or wouldn't beat me. They just don’t do it for me. I would want someone who did it for me. It would be Khabib [Nurmagomedov] or Conor. I would love to go to Ireland.”
The coaches for TUF 26 are expected to meet at the TUF 26 Finale, which is scheduled for Friday, December 1.