TUF 25 Finale bonuses: Justin Gaethje's sick, sick debut was a double winner for $100,000

After beautiful UFC debut win, Justin Gaethje expects Tony Ferguson to dismiss him
LAS VEGAS – once a “Fight of the Year” candidate in his debut, UFC light-weight Justin Gaethje needs his second polygon fight to be for the interim title against Tony Ferguson.
He doesn’t expect Ferguson to require a similar.
“He’ll in all probability say I’m undeserving,” Gaethje (18-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) aforementioned once a second-round stoppage of Michael Johnson (17-12 MMA, 9-8 UFC) that won him 2 bonuses and place him within the running for “Fight of the Year.” “He lost to Michael Johnson; I simply finished him. therefore he’ll be jam-packed with (expletive) once he says that.”

Regardless of however Ferguson responds to the callout, Gaethje plans to continue his conquest of the light-weight division. He estimates he’s one or 2 step
s from facing off with light-weight champ Conor McGregor. If Ferguson demurs, he’ll take a fight with McGregor foil Nate Dias.
“Whoever gets Pine Tree State nearer to AN interim title immediately,” Gaethje told MMAjunkie. “McGregor’s not here. therefore I’m reaching to get that interim title on my waist, and once he comes back, pressure.”
McGregor isn’t typically one to require in UFC debuts unless one in every of his teammates is fighting. however he found the time to observe Gaethje’s fight despite being within the middle of coaching camp for a boxing encounter with Floyd Mayweather.
“That was a decent contest,” McGregor tweeted. “Two fighters, fighting.”
Quite the endorsement for the first-timer.
“I’m in his weight category – he higher be looking at,” Gaethje aforementioned. “He incorporates a massive target on his back, and I’m aiming for it. therefore I expected him to observe. appreciative for the credit, obviously. He’s a fighter, I’m a fighter, and real acknowledges real. I virtually place it on the road, therefore you've got to respect that.”
Ferguson has nevertheless to weigh in on Gaethje’s debut.
Gaethje ventured if the UFC finds it appropriate to place him in AN interim title fight in time to greet McGregor once he returns, all the higher. except for currently, he’ll wait to examine what the promotion has future.
“One at a time,” he said. “I simply need to understand who’s next therefore I will have a path and a target.”
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