Justin Gaethje took on Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 254 in possibly the biggest match of his professional career. Gaethje won the interim-lightweight belt after beating Tony Ferguson, and he challenged Khabib for the undisputed lightweight gold.
Gaethje got choked out in round number 2 of their fight, and he has been itching to get back inside the octagon over since. Justin worked really hard for this fight, and it was hard for him to accept the fact that he came up short against “The Eagle.”
Talking on UFC Unfiltered, Justin reflected upon this fight, he said, “This was a different experience than I had ever experienced. Losing to Dustin and Eddie was different than this one, this one hurt…I gave everything that night and you know, he is great and then what he was fighting with, with the death of his father, I really felt that power in there that, you know, no matter what I did or how great I was, next to the one-in-a-million shut-their-lights-out shot, which doesn’t happen often, then it was going to be hard for me to win,” said Justin Gaethje.”
Justin Gaethje commented on Conor McGregor’s success against Jose Aldo at UFC 194
Gaethje also talked about the title match between Jose Aldo and Conor McGregor back at UFC 194. Gaethje believes Aldo gave up mentally even before the fight started, he said “90 percent mental, 10 percent physical. I mean, Conor McGregor, you know some of his success was his ability to make people fight certain fights. You know, not necessarily Jose Aldo. Jose Aldo didn’t go out there and fight Jose Aldo’s fight.”
He continued “You know, he was emotional and if you are fighting emotionally you will not win. You know, you will not be your best. As much as it’s, like, such an emotional experience, you really have to be void of any emotion in the fight…and then my number one rule is never let somebody affect my thoughts or emotions or you know, the way that I process my feelings.”