UFC lightweight Justin Gaethje has launched a venomous assault on Conor McGregor – labelling him a sh*t human.
Khabib Nurmagomedov defeated Dustin Poirier at UFC 242 on Saturday to line up a potential clash with Tony Ferguson, but it has since emerged that the Crumlin MMA star could be next in line after Ferguson.
And reacting to The Eagle’s win, McGregor took to Twitter in a bid for a rematch, saying: “Book my rematch for Moscow”.
But Gaethje, ranked fifth in the division and two behind McGregor, replied to the Dubliner’s tweet launching a personal attack.
It comes after McGregor admitted that he was “in the wrong” after he punched a man in a Dublin pub in April.
Gaethje said: “You’re a tool. You have lost everything already. You are a sh*t human… F**k you.”
When asked by another Twitter user to elaborate on the outburst, the American claimed that his beef with McGregor is not to do with his fighting credentials.
He added: “Nothing to do with fighting. Great fighter. His distance management is second to none his timing is impeccable and he hits like a truck.
“(He is a) Sh*t human and deserves to be called out for that. Unfortunately for him his indiscretions are unforgivable.”
McGregor’s representatives have been approached for comment.
A video emerged appearing to show the fighter, 31, punch a 50-year-old man in the Marble Arch pub, with the man involved since labelling former UFC two-weight champion McGregor “a bully with money”.
But in his first interview since the emergence of the video last month, the Dubliner took responsibility for the incident and vowed that he is trying to “do better”.
“In reality, it doesn’t matter what happened there. I was in the wrong,” McGregor said in an interview with ESPN’s Ariel Helwani.
McGregor added: “That man deserved to enjoy his time in the pub without it having to end the way it did.
“Although, five months ago it was, and I tried to make amends and I made amends back then – it still, that doesn’t even matter.
“I was in the wrong. I must come here before you and take accountability and take responsibility. I owe it to the people that have been supporting me. I owe it to my mother, my father, my family. I owe it to the people who trained me in martial arts.
“That’s not who I am, that’s not the reason why I got into martial arts or studying combat sports. The reason why I got into it was to defend against that type of scenario.
“To see that, although (it was) months ago and I have been making steps and continuously making steps to do better and be better – to see it is like a dagger into my heart as a young martial artist.
“I’m just here to own up to that and move on, carry on and face what’s coming.”
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