Justin Gaethje took out a top five ranked lightweight in his first UFC bout, and now he has his sights set on a former champ.

The former WSOF champ faced Michael Johnson last weekend at the TUF 25 Finale, and after eating some heavy shots early on, Gaethje stormed back to finish the vet in round two. The fight is being widely praised as one of the best scraps in recent memory.

Well, following Gaethje’s thrilling win, he appeared on the latest “MMA Hour“. While discussing who he wants to fight next, “The Highlight” said this (quote via MMA Mania):

“Who’s in front of me? I want to go forward. Eddie Alvarez is in front of me. I want to fight the best in the world. I am a huge fan of Eddie Alvarez and nothing would make me more happy than to challenge that guy and to get beat up by him or beat him up.”

Now, stylistically, that’s a fight that also has the potential to be something truly fantastic…It also makes sense from a ranking’s perspective, since Gaethje is now ranked #6 and Alvarez is #3.

During the interview, Gaethje also had this to say about Johnson, who he traded plenty of pre-fight shots with leading up to their fight:

“Yeah I did (respect his toughness). But, he dug himself a hole. He didn’t want to go out there looking like the biggest b—h in the world, so he just kind of wanted to go out there and look like a little b—h.”

“So he knew he got to that point where he wasn’t a huge b—h anymore so he could go down. I took it from him. Like I said, heart rate, thought process, I took every single one of them…”

It will be interesting to see what comes next for Gaethje, who has a ton of buzz behind him right now, for understandable reasons.