Just when we thought this fight was going to happen, Al has pulled out for undisclosed reasons.
Gaethje’s manager, Ali Abdelaziz shared his comments with ESPN confirming the news.
“I CAN’T QUESTION AL’S HEART BUT AT THE END OF THE DAY, WHEN YOU FIGHT JUSTIN, PEOPLE HAVE TO THINK ABOUT IT. I GOT NOTHING AGAINST AL, BUT IT’S A TALL ORDER TO FIGHT JUSTIN. WHEN YOU GO IN THERE, YOU LEAVE A PIECE OF YOURSELF IN THE CAGE. SOME PEOPLE DON’T WANT TO DO THAT. IF I’M A FIGHTER I DON’T WANT TO FIGHT THAT GUY. I DON’T KNOW IF THIS IS A NEGOTIATION TACTIC FROM AL, BUT HE IS OUT.
FOR THE RECORD, HE CALLED OUT JUSTIN, JUSTIN TOOK THE FIGHT, AND THEN HE PULLED OUT. IT’S HIS BUSINESS. UFC WILL FIND SOMEONE ELSE TO FIGHT JUSTIN, AND IT WILL BE AN EXCITING FIGHT. IT DOESN’T MATTER WHO FIGHTS JUSTIN, IT COULD BE A CHAIR IN THERE, IT WILL BE EXCITING.”