Justin Gaethje not offered on UFC champ Charles Oliveira but: ‘He’s a quitter’

Justin Gaethje might be an observer when UFC light-weight champion Charles Oliveira and Dustin Poirier lastly meet on Dec. 11 of their focused date at UFC 269.

Gaethje is at present the No. 3-ranked light-weight in MMA Combating’s International Rankings and will cement his standing because the division’s subsequent title challenger if he defeats No. 5-ranked Michael Chandler on Nov. 6 at UFC 268. And after shedding to Poirier in 2018’s Battle of the 12 months, Gaethje expects his former foe to seize the UFC gold that has eluded him up to now.

“It’s a really fascinating matchup. I’ve bought to favor Poirier, most definitely,” Gaethje stated on a current look on UFC Unfiltered.

“[Oliveira] is a superb grappler — he’s an excellent grappler — however once more he doesn’t have nice potential to take you all the way down to the bottom. Poirier being a southpaw, it’s all the time funky if you face southpaws. It’s just a little bit completely different, you don’t see them too typically. [Poirier] does an excellent job at controlling vary. Oliveira will not be Khabib [Nurmagomedov] — he doesn’t march ahead and march by issues to shut that distance. He actually wants you to both select to take him down or he wants you to purchase into the grappling with him and go into the clinch. He has some good takedowns from the clinch and I believe that’s the one time he takes folks down, is from the clinch. So I don’t see Poirier being within the clinch loads.”

As a lot as Gaethje believes in Poirier’s potential, his prediction can be a nod towards what Gaethje thinks in regards to the UFC’s present light-weight champion.

After a largely up-and-down UFC profession, Oliveira seemingly leveled up from out of nowhere to run by 9 consecutive wins because the begin of 2018 and seize the title vacated by Khabib Nurmagomedov. Oliveira’s final three victories — over Kevin Lee, Tony Ferguson, and Chandler — proved to a lot of his doubters throughout the MMA neighborhood that the Brazilian had develop into a real power to be reckoned throughout the light-weight division.

Gaethje, although, can’t say that he’s offered.

“I’m not excessive on Oliveira but, and I get a variety of sh*t for it,” Gaethje stated. “He fought eight [wins] in a row, however on the finish of the day, Tony Ferguson was one of the best win on that streak by far, and it was after I put him by 24 minutes and 15 seconds of f*cking straight hell. And I didn’t break [Ferguson], he’s not carried out — that dude is particular form of dude so he’ll by no means be damaged — however there’s a sure solution to battle that man, and I confirmed you the best way to do it. In order that win isn’t as nice because it was — and it wasn’t as nice as once I beat him, when he was on his 12-fight win streak. After that, it’s not as nice, and that’s simply what I believe.”

Oliveira’s streak additionally contains stoppages over a number of revered veterans reminiscent of Nik Lentz, Jim Miller, and Clay Guida. However in Gaethje’s thoughts, that merely proves his level.

“Nice fights however not championship caliber contender fights,” Gaethje stated. “That simply is what it’s. Hey, he’s bought the belt, he can inform me to shove it. That’s what I’d be saying, precisely what he stated — I’d inform me to shove it up my ass and go win eight in a row.

“I’m in an excellent place, I don’t need to win eight in a row. I’ve bought to win one in a row. So if he wins, I’d like to battle Charles Oliveira, as a result of I’ll present you what I’m saying. He’s a quitter. He’s a quitter. He confirmed it to you within the Michael Chandler battle. On the finish of the primary spherical, he was not trying good, he didn’t wish to be there. He doesn’t wish to be there when it will get nasty. That’s simply what I believe, that’s my opinion. And Poirier goes to beat him up.”

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