UFC lightweight Justin Gaethje is ramping up his efforts to ignite a rivalry with former two-division champion Conor McGregor. After scoring a first-round knockout over Edson Barboza in March, Gaethje began calling out McGregor.
Now, he’s taking the trash talk to social media where he unleashed a vulgar tirade at the Irishman.
Do it the right way p*ssy. Stop sh*tting on the integrity of the sport. You want @TeamKhabib again you fight me, or the winner of Cowboy and Ferguson or get the f*ck out of here and enjoy all that money.
Whether McGregor and Gaethje ever meet in the cage remains to be seen. For now, McGregor seems more interested in a rematch with Nurmagomedov or in the boxing ring against Khabib Nurmagomedov.
McGregor last fought when he suffered a submission loss to current lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov.
Prior to his loss to Nurmagomedov, McGregor was on a two-fight winning streak with a welterweight bout victory over Nate Diaz and a Performance of the Night against Eddie Alvarez to claim the 155-pound title on November 12, 2016. However, McGregor was later stripped of the title due to inactivity — he was previously stripped of the featherweight belt after winning the lightweight crown.
Khabib, meanwhile, advanced to 27-0 in his professional career with his win over McGregor. His 27 consecutive wins gives him the longest winning streak in all of mixed martial arts. Khabib first won the vacant lightweight championship on April 7, 2018 at UFC 223 when he scored a dominant decision win over Al Iaquinta in Brooklyn, New York. He became the first Russian to win a UFC title. The submission victory over McGregor was his first title defense.
McGregor has called for a rematch with Nurmagomedov and has also hinted that he would like to rematch Floyd Mayweather Jr. inside of the boxing ring. Whether any of those bouts was actually in the works is anyone’s guess, but they seem to be the only bouts that have piqued the brash Irishman’s interest since he began discussing a return to combat sports following his flurry of legal issues and suspension from the Nevada State Athletic Commission for his post-UFC 229 bout with Nurmagomedov and his team.