Ahead of UFC 274 this weekend in Phoenix, Arizona – former interim lightweight champion, Justin Gaethje has maintained that he’s attending the title challenge against champion, Charles Oliveira strictly for business – and insists he’ll put a hole in the champion’s face en route to becoming the new gold holder.
Gaethje, who headlines UFC 274 on home soil in his native Arizona, attempts to secure undisputed lightweight gold at the second time of trying, having previously failed to unify the lightweight titles against the now-retired, Khabib Nurmagomedov back in October 2020.
In the time since, Gaethje has defeated common-foe of Oliveira, one-time title challenger, Michael Chandler back in November of last year in the main card opener of UFC 268 at Madison Square Garden – landing a unanimous decision win in the consensus Fight of the Year.
Justin Gaethje landed an interim title with a dominant April 2020 win over Tony Ferguson
Earning the #1 rank with his unanimous decision win over Chandler, ONX Labs staple and Treov Wittman product, Gaethje has claimed that he will put a hole in the face of Oliveira come Saturday night in the ‘Copper State’ – whom he believes has a rather sizeable head and ego at the moment.
“I’m going to knock a hole right in his face,” Justin Gaethje told Megan Olivi during a recent interview with ESPN MMA. “I’m not here to play mind games or talk sh*t.”
“Luckily for me, Charles (Oliveira) is drawing a big head right now,” Justin Gaethje claimed. “He’s going to say some crazy things at the press conference. Hopefully, he thinks he’s infallible. That would be great for me.”
Whilst Gaethje envisions a rather brutal knockout win over Oliveira – the Sao Paulo native recently welcomed the challenger to attempt to both knock him out or take him down if he believes he can.
“Justin Gaethje is coming up with a lot of bullsh*t,” Charles Oliveira said. “I think that’s what he’s trying to do, to win the mind game. But that makes no difference to me. I learned that we have two ears to listen but we also have to let it out….”
“If he (Justin Gaethje) thinks he can beat me in a standing fight, he can try to knock me out,” Charles Oliveira continued. “If he thinks he’s a better wrestler than me, he can take me down too.”