Gaethje has long been linked with a fight against fellow lightweight McGregor but has now ruled out any chance of fighting the Irishman
Justin Gaethje has ruled out a potential lightweight match-up with Conor McGregor, and has insisted no previous offers were made for the fight to take place.
McGregor is currently out of action after suffering a broken leg injury during an opening round defeat to Dustin Poirier and will be out of action until next summer.
Several potential opponents have been mooted including former rival Nate Diaz, Rafael Dos Anjos and a fourth rematch with Poirier.
But Gaethje, who is preparing to face Michael Chandler in November, has removed himself from the firing-line, ruling that there is “zero chance” of a clash taking place between the pair.
“After he choose Cowboy (Cerrone) and it went down in history that I had an opportunity to fight him between Tony (Ferguson) and Khabib, but I never received an official offer,” Gaethje told ESPN MMA.
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“The offer was probably like ‘Hey would you do this’, and I was like f*** no I am not fighting for the belt because in my mind the ultimate goal was to beat Khabib then Conor.”
“But I would say the chances of us fighting are now zero percent, because there will be guys like Jorge Masvidal and Nate Diaz who are more favourable match-ups for him.”
McGregor has claimed to have been suffering from pre-existing “stress fractures’ that appeared ahead of his defeat against Poirier, in addition to “chronic arthritis ” in his ankles.
But Gaethje has given his view on the claims, branding his injury just a “freak occurrence”.
“My take would be that he is hanging around LA drinking too much soya milk,” Gaethje continued. “And there was clearly no obvious check that should have caused a break (leg) like that.
“It’s got to just be a freak occurrence, or the guy has weak bones but I can’t explain it and none of us can.”
McGregor has given a positive injury update in recent weeks that he will recover fully from his broken leg injury, easing worries that he may not return to action again.
But the 33-year-old has also been linked with a return to the boxing ring, but has been urged to face Logan Paul rather than Manny Pacquiao by the Filipino’s coach.
“Fight Logan Paul for the money, big guy, deserves it. I like Logan Paul, he’s got some skills,” Justin Fortune told DAZN.
“These exhibitions are great for the guys on YouTube who are making a lot of money. But it’s all good until someone gets hurt.
“At the moment they’re making tons of money and no-one is getting hurt, and that’s all well and good, but if they start fighting serious guys – someone is going to get seriously hurt.”
McGregor has also been hailed as a potential opponent for YouTube star Jake Paul after his victory over former MMA star Tyron Woodley.
And the 24-year-old has revealed he has a plan to beat McGregor in any “massive” clash between the pair in the future.