Justin Gaethje SLAMS rival Conor McGregor for making a ‘b**** move’ by dodging him and fighting Donald Cerrone instead… as he ramps up war of words with Irishman ahead of UFC 254 bout with Khabib Nurmagomedov
- Justin Gaethje is preparing to take on Khabib in Saturday’s UFC 254 event
- The American has decided to take a swipe at Conor McGregor in the build-up
- Gaethje says McGregor rejected a fight with him but then fought Donald Cerrone
- The Irishman defeated Cerrone in just 40 seconds during the January contest
McGregor is set for a stunning return to the octagon after retiring in June following several failed attempts to convince UFC president Dana White to set him up with fights against Khabib Nurmagomedov or Tony Ferguson.
Though American rival Gaethje has claimed that ‘The Notorious’ was given the opportunity to take him on in 2020, but opted to fight Cerrone – who he beat in just 40 seconds.
Justin Gaethje (above) has taken a swipe at Conor McGregor ahead of his own UFC 254 fight
Gaethje branded McGregor (L)’s decision to fight Donald Cerrone (R) this year as a ‘b****move’
Gaethje told BT Sport: ‘I’ve tweeted him and called him a s*** father, human and husband. That was in October and he fought ‘Cowboy’ in January. He had every opportunity to fight me and he passed every time.
‘The time’s he said he was going to fight I never had a call from UFC or anybody to confirm whether that happened, so I dunno what was going on behind the scenes.
‘But they never called me and he had many opportunities to fight me and he didn’t. He chose ‘Cowboy’ and I’d just knocked ‘Cowboy’ out, that’s a b**** move.
‘You guys jump on-board and act like it’s the fight to make an it’s gonna be awesome – that was a b**** move. And it will be a b**** move for the rest of his life.’
McGregor (left) took just 40 seconds of the first round to beat Cerrone in the January UFC fight
Gaethje has won his last four UFC fights and recently shocked Tony Ferguson with a fifth-round victory over his fellow countryman in last May’s UFC 249 competition.
The 31-year-old will take on the undefeated Khabib this Saturday night in Abu Dhabi for the UFC Lightweight Championship.
McGregor, meanwhile, is expected to return to MMA in January 2021 with a contest against Dustin Poirier, who the Irishman beat in 2014’s UFC 178 event in the opening round.
Gaethje (right) will take on Khabib Nurmagomedov on Saturday for the UFC Lightweight title
McGregor (above) retired from UFC in June of this year but will return to the octagon in 2021
According to his coach John Kavanagh, McGregor’s return fight could be a welterweight contest set at 170 lbs.
The Irishman has also teased a return to the boxing ring, with a charity bout against Manny Pacquiao discussed during the 32-year-old’s retirement.
McGregor’s only boxing match to date was a 2017 clash against Floyd Mayweather, which he lost in the tenth round.