Yesterday afternoon, UFC President Dana White breathed new life into a potential Conor McGregor vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov rematch, suggesting the fight could happen after Nurmagomedov battles Dustin Poirier at UFC 242.
Former World Series of Fighting champion Justin Gaethje, however, does not believe McGregor should be anywhere near a lightweight title shot at present — not unless he beats a top contender first.
Justin Gaethje sent a message to Conor McGregor on Twitter after the Irishman expressed interested in another boxing match.
“Boxing is great, I am going to relish another go,” McGregor wrote on Saturday amid Katie Taylor and Andy Ruiz Jr’s big wins. “I challenge Juan Manuel Mayweather to a rematch. Under the tutelage of my old club. We’ll see then mate.”
“Do it the right way pussy,” a fired up Gaethje replied. “Stop shitting on the integrity of the sport. You want [Khabib Nurmagomedov] again you fight me, or the winner of [Donald] “Cowboy” [Cerrone] and [Tony] Ferguson or get the fuck out of here and enjoy all that money.”
This is not the first time Justin Gaethje has called out Conor McGregor of late. He made a similar callout of the Irish star in a recent interview with ESPN.
“I’m ranked No. 5 right now,” he said. “There are four guys and the champion in front of me. I’m looking for one of those guys, and I’m looking for a big fight this summer. I don’t want to fight guys ranked behind me. I’ve got two knockouts in a row. James Vick was ranked behind me. I feel I deserve someone in front of me… Looking at the landscape, Conor McGregor is No. 3 right now. If it’s not him, there’s not an open fight right now. So, that’s the fight I want. He’s No. 3. If he’s not going to fight, take him out of the rankings. I’d be cool with that, too, and we can move on from there.”
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This article first appeared on BJPENN.COM on 6/4/2019.