Not much gets past ‘The Notorious’ Conor McGregor when it comes to anybody speaking ill of him specially when it’s a fellow UFC fighter talking about the Irishman’s possible future title shot.
Even if that fellow fighter is the Justin Gaethje.
Gaethje (24-4) recently turned back up-and-coming lightweight Rafael Fiziev in a bloody war at UFC 286 in an intense three round battle. With the win Gaethje began what he called his last run at a UFC title.
McGregor (22-6) looks to make his return later this year against Michael Chandler following the completion of the most recent season of The Ultimate Fighter which he coached against his future opponent. A victory over ‘Iron’ Mike Chandler could see a title shot headed McGregor’s way.
That doesn’t sit well with Gaethje.
“Would I quit if Conor won and they gave him a title shot? Probably,” Gaethje told ESPN.
“That’s how hurt I would be by the actions of the company that I represent.”
Gaethje recently fought for the title himself at UFC 274 last May. Charles Oliveira defeated him via submission, but the belt remained vacant after the winner missed weight.
“But that’s out of my control. I just really hope that doesn’t happen,” Gaethje added.
McGregor heard the comments and took to twitter in a now-deleted tweet.
“This braindead fool got a title shot off a single win and it was vs chandler. Yet he will quit and retire if I get the same thing. Classic gathje bird brain. #Jackass Two Title attempt. No wins.”
No date is set for the showdown between McGregor and Chandler, but UFC president Dana White has said that the fight will happen this calendar year.
Meanwhile speculation is that Gaethje will run it back with Dustin Poirier, they first fought in 2018 where ‘The Diamond’ emerged victorious, in what many have said would be a #1 contender fight.