I don't want to bash the guy but he was technically inferior to two fighters that Conor beat with ease, showing much better striking acumen than both of them. At the same time, Alvarez' wrestling was completely ineffective and Justin is no Khabib. So I can't understant all this Gaethje hype and "he shoulda fought Gaethje" talk to prove himself. It's another thing if you say that he was in need of climbing the rankings to get a TS. We all know Conor does not need to climb anything or win a fight for the UFC to give him a TS. Cowboy was just a comeback fight and, although not elite, he is still a decent well rounded fighter.