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UFC star Kelvin Gastelum brands Conor McGregor a leper ‘spreading his disease all over Ireland’

Gastelum dismissed McGregor’s comments (Picture: Getty)

Kelvin Gastelum labelled Conor McGregor a leper ‘spreading disease all over Ireland’ after the Irishman took aim at his fellow UFC fighter.

McGregor took exception to Gastelum arriving at UFC Australia with a belt just hours after his fight with middleweight champion Robert Whittaker had to be scraped.

Whittaker needed emergency surgery on a hernia, forcing the UFC to reshuffle the card and axe the title fight.

Gastelum, who travelled to Whittaker’s backyard to contend the title, was furious with the cancellation and proclaimed himself the middleweight champion when he attended the fight night on Saturday.

McGregor called Gastelum a ‘slug’, claiming the challenger should never have been fighting with a staph infection.

‘Oh my God, you want to talk about a leper?’ Gastelum told ESPN when asked about McGregor’s comments.

Whittaker had to pull out of the fight just hours before (Picture: Getty)

‘A guy that’s full of disease that’s spreading disease all over Ireland? That’s Conor McGregor.

‘He’s spreading his seed all over Ireland, impregnating ladies and not claiming them. That dude’s a leper. Forget him.’

Gastelum denied there was any danger of him pulling out of the fight, despite admitting he was battling a staph infection in the build-up.

Connor McGregor during the press conference at the SSE Arena, Wembley. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday July 14, 2017. Photo credit should read: Scott Heavey/PA Wire

McGregor was accused of fathering a love child by an Irish woman (Picture: PA)

‘I was fighting this staph infection on my face, on my body, the entire week,’ he said.

‘I was on antibiotics the entire week fighting this thing. The UFC doctors were gracious and handling it well and they were real happy with how the infection on my skin was going away and how it’d be okay to fight.

‘The commission was okay with letting me fight. Everything was on track, man. It was just devastating.

Gastelum says he is now the middleweight champion (Picture: Getty)

‘To go through all that process, to go through all that work and not be able to fight and compete… man, it was horrible.’

The UFC are now expected to reschedule the clash with Gastelum and Whittaker, although Israel Adesanya claimed he is the next in line for a shot at the title.

Adesanya’s clash with UFC legend Anderson Silva was bumped up to main event in Melbourne, and the New Zealand native insisted after his points victory his next fight would be against the middleweight champion.

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Conor McGregor vs Tony Ferguson could happen this year, says Dana White

Conor McGregor could be fighting for a UFC title again this year (Picture: Getty Images)

Conor McGregor could get a crack at the interim UFC lightweight title against Tony Ferguson this year, according to UFC president Dana White.

Speaking at the post-fight press conference following UFC 234 White was asked about his plans if lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov fulfills his promise to not fight for a year.

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Khabib has said he will not fight until the end of the year-long bans his teammates, Zubaira Tukhugov and Abubakar Nurmagomedov, received for their part in the brawl at UFC 229.

The Dagastani predicted that the UFC would offer up an interim title if he does indeed sit out for 12 months, and White appears to agree with him.

Tony Ferguson might get a crack at Conor McGregor (Picture: Getty Images)

‘Guys can’t sit out and wait that long if they have the title, you can’t do it. So if that’s true and he (Nurmagomedov) is going to do that, then we have to figure out something else,’ White said.

‘You start looking at whether it’s Conor McGregor-Tony Ferguson, or one of these other guys. Whoever wants to…when opportunity knocks, answer the door.

‘So we will see how this thing plays out. That’s the criteria.’

Khabib Nurmagomedov beat Conor McGregor in October (Picture: Getty Images)

‘The Eagle’ holds the lightweight strap, and will not be surprised if someone else holds an interim version by the time he fights again.

‘I think that they will create an interim title,’ Khabib told Sportbox.

‘It could be between Poirier and Ferguson. Whoever wins will become the interim champion, and then at the end of the year we will fight for the real belt.

‘I think that could happen. At the moment I don’t know for sure.’

Ferguson is #1 in the lightweight rankings with McGregor at #2 so it would make sense for these two to contest an interim belt if it is up for grabs.

However, #3 Dustin Poirier and #4 Al Iaquinta will also like to be considered for a crack at the gold.

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Conor McGregor Wants Nate Diaz If Silva Meets Nick At UFC 237

Anderson Silva Interested In Nick Diaz Rematch At UFC 237, Conor McGregor Suggests To Fight Nate On The Same Fight Card Anderson Silva met Israel Adesanya at UFC 234 on Saturday night. It was one hell of a fun fight, and “The Last Stylebender” won via unanimous decision. But despite he is 43 years old, […]

Kelvin Gastelum blasted for declaring himself UFC middleweight champion after Robert Whittaker injury

Kelvin Gastelum wound up a few people on Saturday night (Picture: Getty Images)

Kelvin Gastelum may have missed out on the UFC 234 main event due to Robert Whittaker’s injury, but his reaction riled up some of his fellow fighters.

Whittaker pulled out of the middleweight title fight at the last minute due to a hernia, forcing the bout to be scrapped.

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It was a blow for Gastelum who missed out on his first shot at UFC gold, but he wasn’t to be denied as he came to the Rod Laver Arena with a title belt and watched the action holding the strap.

The 27-year-old even declared himself the middleweight champion via forfeit.

‘I got this nice shiny little belt now,’ Gastelum told ESPN.

‘In my world, the wrestling world where I grew up in, a guy shows up makes the weight, but for whatever reason cannot continue on in the competition, that’s a forfeit. Automatically that makes me the champion.

‘So here I am, the middleweight world champion. Rob is out due to injury, that’s a forfeit.’

Gastelum repeated the sentiment when talking to the UFC: ‘Guys, I’m now the middleweight champion. When Robert recovers, I’ll give him a shot at my title.’

However, former UFC featherweight and lightweight champion Conor McGregor was not impressed by Gastelum’s claims on the title.

McGregor tweeted: ‘Why is that worm holding the 185lb belt? There are worms crawling on his skin! It was absolutely ludicrous to even consider allowing him to compete.

‘Let alone now walk around the arena shaking our fans hands. Someone sort this, this instant. And sterilize that belt. Immediately.’

However, Gastelum didn’t take that lightly, responding on Twitter: ‘Come take it off…. Little prick!’

With Whittaker out of the main event at UFC 234, Israel Adesanya and Anderson Silva headlined the card in Melbourne with Adesanya picking up a unanimous decision victory.

The New Zealander, who is also a serious contender at middleweight was quick to threaten Gastelum after his win.

‘Kelvin, put that belt down, seriously,’ said ‘The Last Style Bender in the Octagon. ‘What you going to do when I run wild on you?’

Israel Adesanya took his pro record to 16-0 by beating Anderson Silva (Picture: Getty Images)

UFC president Dana White was not so scathing but was fairly dismissive of Gastelum putting UFC gold over his shoulder.

‘That was [Henry] Cejudo’s belt he borrowed,’ said White in the post-fight press conference. ‘That was cute.’

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Conor McGregor calls for Anderson Silva and Nate Diaz fights following UFC 234

Conor McGregor is looking for a fight (Picture: Getty Images)

Conor McGregor is in fighting mood as he called for bouts against Anderson Silva and Nate Diaz after UFC 234 in Melbourne, Australia.

McGregor watched Israel Adesanya defeat Anderson in the main event in Melbourne, and tweeted that, ‘it would be an honor’ to fight the Brazilian legend.

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However, the Irishman is also open to other opportunities, suggesting that he could fight Nate Diaz for a third time, in Curitiba, Brazil.

‘Anderson is one crafty, crafty Martial Artist,’ McGregor tweeted.

Nate Diaz and Conor McGregor have each won one of their fights (Picture: Getty Images)

‘You only develop these methods through years of hard fought experience.

‘Phenomenal performance. The crafty veteran. Big respect always.

‘It would be an honor!’

In the post-fight press conference, Anderson suggested that he should rematch Nick Diaz in Curitiba, and McGregor was keen to get involved with that card.

‘I think it makes sense for me and Nick Diaz to fight in Curitiba,’ said Anderson.

‘Book it. I’ll fight Nate on it,’ responded McGregor.

The former featherweight and lightweight champion has also been linked with a fight against Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone, with the American even stating that it could be for an interim lightweight title.

Cowboy and Diaz remain possible contenders for McGregor, but according to UFC president Dana White, the Anderson fight looks unlikely.

When White was informed Conor had called for a scrap with ‘Spider’ he was not impressed: ‘Did he really? No, I don’t like that fight at all,’ said White.

Anderson suffered a unanimous decision defeat to Adesanya at UFC 234 with the judges turning in scorecards of 29-28 and 30-27 twice.

However, the Brazilian has been widely praised for acquitting himself extremely well at 43-years-old against a 16-0, undefeated star 14 years his junior.

The main event at UFC 234 was pulled at the last minute as middleweight champion had to pull out of his defence against Kelvin Gastelum due to a hernia.

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Khabib Nurmagomedov tips UFC to stage lightweight interim title fight

Nurmagomedov does not want to fight again until December (Picture: Getty)

Khabib Nurmagomedov expects the UFC to stage a lightweight interim title fight between Tony Ferguson and Dustin Poirier in his absence.

After accepting a nine-month ban and $500,000 (£385,000) fine from the Nevada Athletic Commission for his role in a post-fight brawl at UFC 229 last October, Nurmagomedov has vowed to never fight in Las Vegas again.

Nurmagomedov was furious his team-mates were punished with fines and bans, and declared he would not fight again until the UFC return to Madison Square Garden in November.

The champion’s self-imposed exile would be a massive disruption to a stacked division and Nurmagomedov believes the UFC will put on another interim title fight.

‘I think that they will create an interim title,’ Khabib told Sportbox.

‘It could be between Poirier and Ferguson. Whoever wins will become the interim champion, and then at the end of the year we will fight for the real belt.

Ferguson has already been interim champion (Picture: Getty)

‘I think that could happen. At the moment I don’t know for sure.’

Ferguson has already been interim champion and was stripped when he got injured before a scheduled showdown with Nurmagomedov last year.

Nurmagomedov went on to beat late replacement Al Iaquinta at UFC 223 to claim the lightweight title, before defending the belt against Conor McGregor.

It is unclear what the UFC’s plan is for McGregor and Nurmagomedov once their respective bans expired.

Nurmagomedov can reduce his ban to six months if he takes part in an anti-bullying campaign.

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Nevada Athletic Commission warn Conor McGregor about punishment for smack talk

LAS VEGAS, CA - OCTOBER 06: Conor McGregor makes his way to the cage to fight Khabib Nurmagomedov during UFC 229 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nev. Friday, Oct. 6, 2018. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht/Digital First Media/Los Angeles Daily News via Getty Images)

McGregor is famous for his trash talk (Picture: Getty)

The Nevada Athletic Commission say they will start taking an active role in punishing fighters for their language and conduct during the build up to a fight.

Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov were both hit with big fines and bans after a brawl erupted after UFC 229 last October.

The Irishman was given a lighter punishment as he did not spark the melee, but there was heavy criticism for how the UFC and McGregor promoted the fight.

McGregor attacked Nurmagomedov’s heritage, family and nationality during the build up to UFC 229.

NAC chairman Anthony Marnell called McGregor’s conduct ’embarrassing’ and expressed concern about the language used by the UFC star during the promotion and in the pre-fight press conferences.

‘We are going to start fining and suspending for what you say as opposed to what you do,’ Marnell said at the hearing on Tuesday which handed down the suspensions.

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 20: Conor McGregor (R) and UFC president Dana White (L) speak at the UFC 229 press conference at Radio City Music Hall on September 20, 2018 in New York City. McGregor will face UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov in the main event on October 6, 2018 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ed Mulholland/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

McGregor laid into Nurmagomedov, his family and his team repeatedly (Picture: Getty)

McGregor is renowned for his smack talk, and has ushered in a new age of promotional style in the UFC.

The two-weight champion’s style has helped set new revenue, pay-per-view and live gate records for the UFC as McGregor has established himself as the biggest star in combat sports history.

Dana White and the UFC dismissed concerns about they promoted the grudge match between Nurmagomedov and McGregor.

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The MMA promotion used footage of the bus attack in their promos, which was a revenge act on Nurmagomedov that landed McGregor in jail.

McGregor is free to return to fight on 6 April, while Nurmagomedov will not be cleared until 6 July.

Nurmagomedov could have his suspension reduced if he takes part in an anti-bullying campaign with the NAC, but the Russian’s manager insists his fighter never wants to fight in Las Vegas again.

McGregor is expected to be asked to build up to a rematch with Nurmagomedov, while the champion claims he will not fight again until November when the UFC go to New York.

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Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov handed huge fines and bans over UFC brawl

Conor McGregor has received a six-month ban for his part in the brawl (Picture: Getty)

Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov have been banned for six and nine months respectively after the brawl that occurred following their UFC fight in October.

Nurmagomedov, who won the much-anticipated fight, has been fined $500,000 after jumping out of the ring and clashing with McGregor’s team. McGregor was fined $50,000.

UFC lightweight champion Nurmagomedov will receive a three-month reduction in the ban if he carries out community service, which would involve recording a message as part of an anti-bullying campaign.

Nurmagomedov’s $500,000 fine represents a quarter of his $2million purse for the fight.

Khabib Nurmagomedov clashed with members of McGregor’s team (Picture: Getty)

McGregor was submitted by Khabib in the fourth round of the lightweight title fight in Las Vegas.

But Nurmagomedov immediately jumped out of the Octagon and confronted members of McGregor’s backroom team, sparking a riot.

The Russian was led away by security, while McGregor attempted to join the melee and became involved in an incident with members of Nurmagomedov’s team.

Russian champion Khabib was led away by security (Picture: Getty)

Reacting to the punishment, Khabib’s manager Ali Abdelaziz told reporters: ‘I don’t think it’s fair. Khabib gets $500k and Conor gets $50k? I think it’s bullshit.’

On the length of the suspensions, he said: ‘That’s fair. They’ll both get six months. But for his teammates, it’s too much.’

Abdelaziz also confirmed Khabib would be paying for the fines his two teammates received, amounting to $25k each.

Dana White ready to make Conor McGregor vs Donald Cerrone if UFC fans want to see it

McGregor is searching for his next opponent (Picture: Getty)

Dana White insists he will sanction a showdown between Conor McGregor and Donald Cerrone if that is the fight the UFC fans want to see.

Cerrone’s stunning knockout performance against Alex Hernandez caught the attention of McGregor, with the Irishman tweeting after UFC Fight Night 143 he had been convinced to accept the fight.

Cowboy has been campaigning for several months for a fight with McGregor, but admitted it was down to the two-weight champion to make the call.

And after McGregor’s tweet sparked speculation his next opponent had been found, UFC president Dana White was asked if the match-up was possible.

‘Yeah, I mean anything is possible,’ White said at Saturday’s post-fight press conference.

‘If those guys want that and the fans want to see it, that’s what I do.’

Cerrone is back in the lightweight division (Picture: Getty)

While Cerrone suggested he would love to fight McGregor in his own backyard in Dublin, rival lightweights raged against the idea.

Cerrone’s victory over Hernandez was his first fight at lightweight since the end of 2015.

Dustin Poirier, Al Iaquinta and Kevin Lee make up the top five of the lightweight contenders alongside McGregor and Tony Ferguson.

And the top fighters who are all scrambling to get a title shot or fight McGregor lashed out at the idea of Cerrone jumping the queue.

LAS VEGAS, NV - OCTOBER 06: Conor McGregor of Ireland enters the Octagon before facing Khabib Nurmagomedov of Russia in their UFC lightweight championship bout during the UFC 229 event inside T-Mobile Arena on October 6, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Brandon Magnus/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Cerrone is chasing a fight with McGregor (Picture: Getty)

‘You would take #14 over #4, you bird ass,’ said Iaquinta replying to McGregor’s tweet.

‘If Conor doesn’t have to fight Ferguson, Dustin, myself or Lee next he’s an absolute Nancy… smart guy… but Nancy.’

Iaquinta’s comments were echoed by Lee and Poirier, but the UFC is some way off making a decision about McGregor’s next move.

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Is Conor McGregor In Trouble With the Law?

Is famed Irish whiskey-maker and part-time fighter Conor McGregor in trouble with the law?

Details are sketchy at best, and the Irish criminal justice system lacks a lot of the transparency the American criminal justice system has, but…

Honestly, this story has been rumored for a few weeks. However, with nothing concrete on it, it hasn’t been worth posting. Sadly, it seems puzzle pieces are coming together. From the Irish Mirror:

The Irish sports star who is alleged to have raped a woman at a Dublin hotel last month was arrested by gardai yesterday.

The man, who presented himself to Dundrum Garda Station, was released without charge overnight, according to sources.

A file is now being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.

It comes after a woman alleged she was raped by the star at a hotel in south Dublin on Monday, December 10.

There are documents that name that “Irish sports star” as our boy Conor.

Yeesh.

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Nate Diaz Jumps In With Verbal Smack of Khabib Nurmagomedov

When last we saw Nate Diaz in the cage, he was losing a narrow decision to Conor McGregor. But this was his second fight with the combative sports superstar, so ol’ Nate was suddenly richer than he’d ever been in his life. And since the dude is happy eating bean burritos and getting around town on a motor scooter, he probably still has most of that money sitting in his bank account. Hence, the lengthy time since his last fight.

But that doesn’t mean Diaz doesn’t have the urge to chime in whenever his UFC peers get uppity.

Recently, McGregor threw some barbs at Khabib Nurmagomedov on social media – something about telling Nurmagomedov to stop bitching.

Then Khabib fired back at McGregor with doozy, saying that he’ll have to live with the shame of tapping out for the rest of his life.

Well, Nate hath spoken.

So when is Diaz fighting again? I’m ready for it.

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Khabib Nurmagomedov Just Delivered Some Hot Fire to Conor McGregor

As he’s wont to do, Conor McGregor took to serving up haymakers on social media, roasting former sparring partner and boxer Pauli Malignaggi. But he lobbed some heat at previous opponent Khabib Nurmagomedov, alleging that the now-champ was a constant complainer to the ref during their fight. Here’s the Instagram post in question.

 

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Let the record show. I like Paulie Malinaggi. Here is a confrontation between us regarding a picture he was upset about. Yes you heard that right. A picture. I told him here to his face. “Don’t be bitching.” Common knowledge I would think for a fighting man. Don’t be a bitch, bitching. The same thing I said to khabib at the end of round 3. My round. Don’t be bitching! Every single round bitching to the referee. He was even bitching in the fourth round from mount position. It baffled me. If anyone should have been saying anything to the referee, it should have been me in that 1st round. That round he held onto my legs for four minutes straight. With zero activity. But a fight is a fight who gives a fuck. Crying to the referee like a proper bitch. I was trying to dig my fingers into his Adams Apple. Many individuals in the fight business, I have learned lately, are absolute bitches. I know you’s are broke boys. But don’t be broke bitches.

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Yeah, so you know how Khabib pounded McGregor out at UFC 232? The Dagestani pretty much did the same via Twitter.

BOOM.

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Al Iaquinta Thinks Conor McGregor Has Lost His Martial Way

It might be hard to picture, but Octagon stud and real estate badass Al Iaquinta is a fighter for the sake a fighting. If we were in feudal Japan, he’d be one of those samurais who are big in bushido but always down to scrap.

So when Iaquinta thinks Conor McGregor has lost his “martial way”, it’s actually coming from a guy who’s a proponent of the combative arts. “Ragin’ Al” fights well, knows fighting, and can speak on the matter with authority.

Here’s what Iaquinta had to say to MMAJunkie:

“I was a big fan, but I think he’s getting a little out of control now,” Iaquinta said. “I thought he was the guy that would kind of do what he did but stay true to the martial arts. It seemed like, in the beginning, he was really kind of like the martial way, do the right thing, respect your fellow competitors, ‘we’re all in this’ kind of thing. His goal set out to be the best, and now that he is the best and he’s got a lot of money. I just think he’s a little out of control.”

Iaquinta, who’s currently unbooked for his next fight, cites McGregor’s infamous bus attack at UFC 223 as one example of the fighter flying off the handle. But, of course, there are plenty more of them in recent years.

Like McGregor, Iaquinta is an obvious proponent of verbal warfare leading up to a fight. The difference, however, is his willingness to escalate from words to physical actions.

“It definitely draws people in,” he said. “But I think sometimes it goes a little too far. You can be a good entertainer without … it was a little overboard. Someone could’ve seriously got injured, somebody that had nothing to do with anything. There was people on that bus, UFC employees, freaking bus drive who probably doesn’t know what the hell is going on.”

If you’ll recall, though both McGregor and Iaquinta lost to lightweight champ Khabib Nurmagomedov this past year, Iaquinta got back in the “W” column by beating the stuffing out of Kevin Lee. So maybe he should fight McGregor…?

I don’t know. I do know that Iaquinta is great on the mic, so the lead-up to the fight could be epic.

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