Since 2018, Gaethje has fought several of the top contenders in the lightweight division, including Dustin Poirier, Tony Ferguson, Michael Chandler, and several others. Still, he has also noticed that McGregor is fighting or, at least, calling out the people he has just beaten.
After beating Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone in 2019, he noticed that the former champion seems to be following suit in terms of his fights and call-outs. After beating Chandler at UFC 268, he’s made his feelings very clear.
Speaking to TMZ Sports, the number two contender said:
“I don’t ever want to talk like this ’cause I hate to do it. [Cerrone] is someone that I want to hang around with the rest of my life, I don’t want to disrespect him in any way.
“Chandler doesn’t deserve it. Ferguson doesn’t deserve it. But to me, it feels like we’re in grade school and Conor McGregor’s following me around trying to pick up all my sloppy seconds. Like, is that not what’s happening?”.
He went on to say: “And I find it so hilarious. I need that guy who makes the cartoons to make a cartoon with that. But god, I hate to say it because, again, it’s disrespectful to the opponents that I beat, but I fought Cowboy, then he wants to fight Cowboy. I just beat up Chandler, now he wants to fight Chandler.
“He will never say my name. And Ferguson’s on the list now, too. So I just find it comical”.
It’s understandable why Gaethje may feel this way, but you could argue that only so many fighters are left to fight in one of the most competitive divisions in the promotion. Despite this, ‘The Highlight’ still feels McGregor is doing this on purpose to avoid a possible matchup between the two in the future.
Conor is yet to reply, but do you agree with Justin’s comments, and could we see the two face off somewhere down the line?
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