“No other option!” Justin Gaethje walked to center of octagon after promise to fans ahead of UFC 300

Justin Gaethje finally addresses the last 10 seconds with Max Holloway at UFC 300.


“No other option!” Justin Gaethje walked to center of octagon after promise to fans ahead of UFC 300

Max Holloway and Justin Gaethje (Image via Imago)

Justin Gaethje has finally addressed his knockout loss at UFC 300 for the first time. The UFC lightweight lost his BMF title after a highlight reel of a fight against Max Holloway. He now addressed the deciding moment of the fight on the LeBatardShow.

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Justin Gaethje recently sat down for a conversation with Anthony Calatayud on the MMA Hangout. Gaethj revealed why he had accepted Holloway’s callout to step into the middle of the octagon.

Because it was two guys that are absolute competitors, and we have been doing this for so long. I just think there was no other option. Someone points to the ground like that, and there’s no way that I’m not going to accept that challenge.
Justin Gaethje on the LeBatardShow

Gaethje revealed that his mind just went off when Holloway pointed to the center of the octagon. They jogged to the center and engaged in an all-out brawl, throwing punches left and right. They had previously declared that their matchup was going to be “the people’s main event.” Both fighters were committed to putting on an entertaining and thrilling performance.

With their head down, each landed. With just one second for the bell to ring, Holloway landed a right-hand combo to Gaethje’s body and the head. This was the money shot that knocked Gaethje’s lights out and he lay there face down in the middle of the octagon.

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When will Justin Gaethje come back after UFC 300 loss?

Justin Gaethje was out for a while after Max Holloway landed that knockout punch. The Highlight is known for going all in on his fights. He had even addressed potential injuries ahead of the fight and talked about his plan to get out of fighting in the octagon as quickly as possible.

Tim Welch breaks down Justin Gaethe's knockdown at the hands of Max Holloway
Justin Gaethe’s knockdown at the hands of Max Holloway (Source: ufc.br.com/(@UFCNews) / X)

But Gaethje got brutally knocked out by Max Holloway in that final second of UFC 300. People have been concerned about his health and potential comeback to the octagon. Gaethje addressed this too during his interview on the LaBatardShow.

Want to take care of myself. I do think repeated concussions and going to sleep like that after receiving a shot would be foolish for me to jump back into training. I shouldn’t train before 180 days, I can do cardio and stay in shape, which is what I want to do 
Justin Gaethje on the LeBatardShow

So Justin Gaethje is out of the octagon for at least six months. Meanwhile, Max Holloway has already called out Ilia Topuria for the featherweight title fight. Gaethje’s absence will create an interesting scenario in the lightweight division with the upcoming title fight between Islam Makhachev and Dustin Poirier.

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