Ali Abdelaziz reports Justin Gaethje will be out for the rest of the year due to a 'busted nose' sustained in his stoppage loss to Charles Oliveira in May, so UFC fans will have to wait a little longer to see "The Highlight" back in action.
Dominance MMA manager Ali Abdelaziz says he had to stop Gaethje from further injuring himself in training last week, and that the former interim UFC lightweight champion is still recovering from injury and hasn't begun sparring yet.
Gaethje's trainer, Ali Abdelaziz, predicts that the fighter will return "at the beginning of next year" against a notable opponent, perhaps UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor, who is also recovering from a fractured leg.
“He’s good, man. Justin Gaethje, we’re probably going to see him at the beginning of next year. His nose is still… yesterday I had to stop him from training. He tried to grapple and I jumped in. I was like ‘Stop.’ His nose is not healed,” Abdelaziz said.
“I would love to see him fight Conor McGregor when he comes back, or some big fights. This is what he’s looking for. He’s not going to be there for some guys to make a name off him.”
In his previous four bouts, Gaethje has gone 2-2 with two Fight of the Night victories over Tony Ferguson and Michael Chandler offsetting two title losses to Khabib Nurmagomedov and Charles Oliveira. Right now, he's ranked third among lightweights in the UFC.