Who’s next for Justin Gaethje? Here’s what one oddsmaker has as the UFC fighter’s next opponent. – The Denver Post

Who’s next for Justin Gaethje? Here’s what one oddsmaker has as the UFC fighter’s next opponent. – The Denver Post

Justin Gaethje fell short in his bid to win the UFC lightweight championship Saturday, succumbing to a triangle choke in the second round against the undefeated Khabib Nurmagomedov.

So what’s next for the former Northern Colorado All-American wrestler? Here’s a look at what oddsmaker MyBookie has:

Conor McGregor (+110)

With Nurmagomedov retiring after his win on Saturday, there’s a vacancy for the lightweight title. With McGregor, who’s the No. 4-ranked contender in the UFC lightweight division, set to face No. 2 Dustin Poirier on Jan. 23 in what could be a play-in round for a title fight. Whether McGregor wins or loses, it could set up a big-money bout with the equally exciting Gaethje.

Dustin Poirier (+125)

This would be a rematch of their April 2018 fight in which Poirier won via technical knockout in the fourth round. Gaethje would go on a four-fight win streak after before losing to Nurmagomedov.

Tony Ferguson (+350)

This would be a rematch of their May 9 fight at UFC 249 where Gaethje wore down Ferguson through four and a half rounds before winning via technical knockout — and ending hopes of a long-awaited Ferguson-Nurmagomedov fight.

Nate Diaz (+400)

Diaz hasn’t fought in the lightweight division since 2015 but could make for an interesting opponent for Gaethje. He has a big chin and an bigger mouth that could create some fun pre-fight entertainment.

Michael Chandler (+500)

The former three-time Bellator lightweight champion has yet to make his debut for the UFC after signing with the company in September. He was the potential replacement for either Gaethje or Nurmagomedov on Saturday. Whhat better way to make a debut than against the previous No. 1 contender?

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