UFC lightweight contender Justin Gaethje has hit out at Conor McGregor outlining that he wants to “f**k him up” for attacking a man in a Dublin pub.
Footage emerged last week of McGregor appearing to strike a man in a pub after he refused a drink from him and the former two-weight world champion has received criticism from many following the incident.
McGregor then attempted to save face somewhat by doing a 40-minute long interview with ESPN’s Ariel Helwani in which he apologised for his actions.
The interview also touched on McGregor’s career inside the octagon with the 30-year-old confirming that he and Gaethje had been lined up to fight in July before he injured his hand in sparring.
The ‘Highlight’, who will take on Donald Cerrone in September, spoke to TMZ Sports on Saturday and outlined that even though the fight never occurred this year, Gaethje is still keen to get his hands on McGregor.
“Of course I want to f**k him up,” he said. ‘I see him punch an old man, do I want to punch him for that? F**k yeah, I want to f**k that dude up for s**t like that. He looks like a crackhead on the video.”
Gaethje was also asked if he, like many who viewed the video, had lost respect for McGregor following the attack.
“Absolutely. Who didn’t? If you don’t, then you’re a piece of s**t yourself,” he added. “C’mon. The lack of respect, lack of morals, whatever you wanna call it… there is no excuse to act like that.”
In addition, the 30-year old spoke about his upcoming bout with Cowboy, a fight that many fans will be looking forward to, and outlined that should he pick up his third victory in a row then a clash with McGregor could be in his sights.
“Hey I got f**king business in front of me, I got ‘Cowboy.’ And then I’m your huckleberry,” Gaethje said.”I’m right here, this s**t has to go forward, has to move on. He’s either in or out.
“He did that interview for a reason, and that means he wants to fight. I don’t give a f**k if it’s me or somebody else. But, again, his ego will get him put to sleep 1 or 2 more times before he is done and takes his money and rides off into the sunset.”