Justin Gaethje is eager to face Dustin Poirier in a rematch after their thrilling 2018 fight, which saw Poirier emerge victorious with a knockout. Gaethje believes that the rematch would be an obvious choice for the UFC as both fighters are highly ranked in the lightweight division and have yet to secure a dance partner.
While Gaethje is confident that Poirier will accept the fight, he acknowledges that there is a risk involved, given the level of damage both fighters sustain in their bouts. Poirier has not indicated that he is not interested in a rematch, but he also has other options available to him.
Despite the risk, Gaethje believes that a rematch with Poirier would be a win-win for both fighters. The winner of the match would be awarded a title shot, and Gaethje would have an opportunity to avenge his loss to Poirier from five years ago. Gaethje believes that he has improved dramatically as a fighter since their initial bout and would like to show Poirier his newfound skills. He described his style as being more centered, operating better in chaos, and more intuitive athlete.
Gaethje believes that the fight would be a must-see and perhaps deserved to be the headliner of a pay-per-view. He also mentioned that he would be open to a three-round fight rather than a five-round one, provided that he is compensated correctly. His preference would be to fight five rounds, given that it leads to a title fight, but he acknowledged that he would need to be compensated fairly for those two extra rounds.
In summary, Gaethje is keen to face Poirier and believes that the rematch would be an excellent choice for the UFC given the fighters’ standings in the lightweight division. While Gaethje is confident that Poirier would accept the fight, he’s aware that there’s a risk involved given the level of damage sustained in their bouts.
Ultimately, Gaethje would like to avenge his loss to Poirier and show him his improved skills. He believes the fight would be a must-watch, and he would be open to a three- or five-round bout if compensated correctly.