Justin Gaethje shoots down ‘straight BS’ rumors he’s looking to retire


UFC light-weight contender Justin Gaethje denies contemplating retirement after rumor explodes on Twitter.

Justin Gaethje is among the hottest fighters within the UFC, largely as a result of his ferocious model within the octagon and dwelling as much as his nickname of “The Spotlight” for each considered one of his fights; win or lose.

After rumors surfaced on Twitter that he could also be contemplating retirement from the game of MMA altogether, Gaethje shot these rumors down simply as quick as they blew up on social media.

It began when Twitter person @MiracleMMA_ leaked DMs from a latest dialog with Ryan Charlebois, considered one of Gaethje’s coaching companions and Elevation Combat Group teammates. Within the dialog, Charlebois gave an perception as to why Gaethje doesn’t have a combat lined up in the meanwhile.

“He’s pissed off,” Charlebois mentioned in a single message. “UFC is denying him the fights he needs and he’s been discussing retirement. The Khabib loss took rather a lot out of him.”

Simply hours after getting phrase of the obvious DM leaks, Gaethje shut down the potential for retiring from the UFC in a Twitter reply.

“That is straight BS,” Gaethje mentioned in a tweet. I’m removed from performed chasing that top. I’m additionally guessing this dude fabricated this whole factor.”

Gaethje hasn’t fought since his loss to former UFC light-weight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 254. He has since been leaked to potential bouts with Michael Chandler and Conor McGregor.

The previous interim UFC light-weight champion is at the moment listed because the second-ranked contender within the division, behind high contender Dustin Poirier and the newly-crowned champion Charles Oliveira.

UFC president Dana White mentioned final month that the promotion has “huge plans” for Justin Gaethje

Simply weeks in the past, it appeared that the UFC and Gaethje had been near coming to phrases on a combat for later this 12 months; with UFC president Dana White alluding to a big-name opponent for his subsequent bout. White pointed to the upcoming Poirier vs. McGregor trilogy at UFC 264 when speaking about Gaethje’s attainable subsequent combat.

“He matches very properly in all this,” White mentioned on the UFC 260 post-fight press convention. “He’s most likely subsequent in line – relies on what occurs with Dustin and Conor. Timing is every thing when these fights occur, so Justin Gaethje couldn’t be in a greater place.”

Gaethje was linked to a combat with Chandler after UFC 262, wherein Chandler misplaced the vacant light-weight title bout in opposition to Charles Oliveira. Whereas it’s nonetheless attainable {that a} Chandler combat might happen subsequent for Gaethje, the UFC isn’t budging any time quickly till the McGregor/Poirier combat occurs.

It doesn’t look like the 32-year-old Gaethje is retiring any time quickly, particularly whereas he’s nonetheless within the prime of his combating profession. If the pop he obtained from the group seeing him on the massive display screen at UFC 263 is any indication, he’s nonetheless a family title on the largest stage within the sport.


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