Justin Gaethje has stuck the boot into Conor McGregor by admitting that he loved watching him getting TKO’d against Dustin Poirier at UFC 257 on Saturday night.
“I think he’s an elite fighter,” Gaethje told ESPN when asked about McGregor. “What do that have him ranked at, six? I think he should be ahead of Tony (Ferguson) in the rankings. But for him to come out and say he wants a title shot next, a rematch versus Poirier, or his coach, they are f-cking idiots. He’s been treated special over and over and over and he didn’t capitalize on this opportunity. That event was for him, that event was for him to win, and he wants to be Mr. Humble now but you know he would be an asshole if he won that fight.”
Gaethje, who has yet to return to the Octagon since a convincing first round loss to Khabib Nurmagomedov on Fight Island last year, went on to praise Poirier, while continuing to bash McGregor.
“I don’t feel bad for him. I’m happy for Poirier. I’m happy Poirier went out there and did his job and finished him. I love seeing a loudmouth get knocked out. There is nothing that makes me happier. Seeing a piece of sh-t get put down, that was great, I loved it.”
During the interview Gaethje also fired a warning shot at the UFC that if talk about McGregor getting a trilogy fight with Poirier for the lightweight title materialized then he might quit fighting.
“I will never fight for the UFC again, I probably shouldn’t say that.
“I would probably think about never fighting in the UFC if he fights for a title, that would be preposterous. He’s sitting at No6, he’s won one fight in his entire life in the lightweight division and he picks and chooses who he fights.
“I have no respect for him in that manner. But yeah, I’d like to fight him. I don’t think it will be my next fight. He isn’t going to fight me, he just got his legs kicked off, I kick legs better than anybody in the UFC.”