MMA manager Ali Abdelaziz is confident that Justin Gaethje would line the pockets of many fans as the underdog in a Conor McGregor matchup.
Abdelaziz, the CEO of Dominance MMA, is responsible for a plethora of MMA stars including Khabib Nurmagomedov, Kamaru Usman and Henry Cejudo. One of his lightweight talents is none other than “The Highlight” Justin Gaethje.
The 31-year old Gaethje joined the UFC in 2017. He finished Michael Johnson by TKO in his UFC debut. Now, he is riding a three-fight win streak—all first-round finishes first-round finishes. In his last appearance, Gaethje finished his former training partner, Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone with a barrage of punches to claim a TKO win.
Since his September 2019 showdown against Cowboy, Gaethje has been calling out Conor McGregor for a fight. He has openly taunted the Irishman for avoiding a matchup and said there is “no doubt” McGregor is “ducking him.”
With both fighters sharing formidable striking abilities and a first-round victory over Cerrone, the matchup would undoubtedly satisfy fans. Abdelaziz believes it would also improve the bank balances of bettors picking Gaethje.
On Twitter, The Athletic’s Shaun Al-Shatti reported that Conor McGregor is a 2-1 favorite in the hypothetical matchup (according to BetOnline).
Abdelaziz was quick to respond.
— Ali Abdelaziz (@AliAbdelaziz00) March 19, 2020
Abdelaziz is clearly confident that the wrestling skill and knockout power of Justin Gaethje will see him through to a victory against “The Notorious.” However, The Highlight also has two significant losses at the hands of Eddie Alvarez, and Dustin Poirier — two opponents that McGregor has beaten.
Who do you think would win in a Justin Gaethje vs. Conor McGregor fight? Who would your money be on based on the current odds?
This article first appeared on BJPENN.com on 3/19/2020.