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Conor McGregor slammed by Justin Gaethje at UFC 254 before Khabib Nurmagomedov fight

Justin Gaethje has blasted Conor McGregor a “b****” for not stepping up to fight him earlier this year – but his focus is now on trying to beat Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 254 tonight.

McGregor was briefly banned from the UFC following his submission loss to Nurmagomedov in 2018 because of the explosive aftermath.

The Irishman’s return earlier this year was highly-anticipated and he cruised past Donald Cerrone with a knockout inside 40 seconds.

However, Gaethje is still furious that the Notorious opted to take on Cerrone instead himself.

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“I’ve tweeted him and called him a s*** father, human and husband,” Gaethje told BT Sport.

“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.”

Gaethje instead went head-to-head Tony Ferguson and that victory earned him a shot at undefeated lightweight champion Nurmagomedov.

The 31-year-old is the underdog heading into tonight’s showdown but he still holds bad feelings towards McGregor.

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Gaethje added: “He chose ‘Cowboy’ and I’d just knocked ‘Cowboy’ out, that’s a b**** move.

“[Media] jump on board and act like [Cerrone] is 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 has weighed in on who he thinks will come out on top out of Nurmagomedov and Gaethje.

“Khabib is going to be on the back foot from the bell,” he said. “Khabib is going to be trembling in there like he always does.

“He’s the most easily backed-up fighter in the game.

“Gaethje will know this and he will get low on his stance and Gaethje’s style is a style to get in and beat that jab nice and low.

“And while Khabib’s head is up high, come in with a big shot and he could knock him out.

“He could very, very, very well knock him clean out. He’s got good wrestling but does he have grappling with his wrestling? I do not believe so.

“I believe if Khabib gets him down it could be over early in the first. I’d probably favour Khabib.”

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