Justin Gaethje, a former WSOF champion, stopped by “UFC Tonight” earlier this week to discuss his main event bout with Michael Johnson this Friday night at The Ultimate Fighter 25 Finale.
Below are highlights from that interview:
Gaethje on his smack-talking with Johnson: “It says a lot. He’s already scared of me. Now, he says he’s a wrestler. I’m going to take his soul. I’m going to control his heartbeat, control his mind and take his soul.”
Gaethje on how the fight ends: “I win by knockout, I win by decision, or he wins by knockout, but I’m not going to win by submission.”
Gaethje on the difference in the fight: “My pressure. You can’t plan for it. Either he knocks me out early or he breaks.”
Gaethje on Johnson: “I’m here to meet my equal. Michael isn’t that guy.
Gaethje on being entertaining: “Fans come for a shot of adrenaline. I build a brand and the brand is violence. I won’t go for a submission. If I knock him down, I’ll tell him to get back up, so I’ll to be a knock out. If he survives to the fifth, I’ll give him a high five.”