Chael Sonnen doesn’t agree with Dustin Poirier’s take on Justin Gaethje giving Khabib Nurmagomedov his toughest test to date.
Dustin Poirier has previously stated that he believes Justin Gaethje could give Nurmagomedov some problems. Poirier has competed against both, Gaethje and Nurmagomedov. “The Diamond” also said that he doesn’t think Tony Ferguson will be the one to stop “The Eagle” when they meet at UFC 249 on April 18.
Speaking on his podcast, Chael Sonnen gave his take on Poirier’s comments. Certified “bad guy” and current ESPN & Bellator analyst said he fully believe that Gaethje would be a tougher fight for Nurmagomedov than Ferguson.
“I don’t know that I believe that Gaethje, while I do believe is a top contender, I do not know that I fully believe that Gaethje can give Khabib a harder fight than Tony’s about to give him,” Sonnen said on Justin Gaethje’s chances against Khabib. “But the mere fact that we’re discussing it is a compliment to Justin, for sure. Tony, former champion, whether it’s interim champion or not he’s a former champion. Khabib, current champion. So the fact that we’re now discussing Gaethje, I think that it’s very compelling I think that it’s very relevant.”
Sonnen does admit that Gaethje should not be counted out and could be the go-to guy for any problems at Lightweight.
“I maintain, any question you have at 155, any question the right answer is Justin Gaethje.”
Justin Gaethje is currently without an opponent lined up. “The Highlight” has been trying to get a fight against Conor McGregor or position himself as the next challenger for the UFC Lightweight title. He was recently called out by Dan Hooker, who is fresh off of a win over Paul Felder at UFC Auckland.
This article first appeared on CLOSEDGUARDMEDIA.com on 3rd March, 2020.