Famous MMA fighter and former UFC lightweight champion Connor McGregor has delivered a verbal bashing to Kelvin Gastelum for posing with a championship belt that wasn’t won in a fight.
Previously, Gastellum booked to challenge middleweight champion Robert Whittaker for the title during UFC 234 in Melbourne, but the bout was cancelled after the latter was forced to withdraw due to a hernia which required immediate surgery, the MMA Fighting website points out.
And as Gastellum declared himself the new middleweight UFC champion by forfeit, McGregor was quick to let everyone know that he wasn’t amused by this in the slightest.
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.— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) 10 февраля 2019 г.
Someone sort this, this instant. And sterilize that belt.
"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," The Notorious tweeted. "Someone sort this, this instant. And sterilise that belt. Immediately".
Some social media users appeared to agree with the fighter’s sentiment.
When people ask Kelvin if he is the Champ… pic.twitter.com/IewMwT5oft— Stephen Geiger (@Stephen_Geiger) 10 февраля 2019 г.
Whitaker has the real belt at his bed side In the recovery room..— Myrical (@Myrical) 10 февраля 2019 г.
Cejudo better disinfect that belt asap pic.twitter.com/YY7dA5WMuS— E Jake U Late (@Jakesinkhakis) 10 февраля 2019 г.
A number of people, however, opted to mock McGregor instead, frequently invoking his defeat at the hands of Khabib Nurmagomedov.
kelvin will ragdoll you and punch a hole thru ur face. ur still walking around with 2 belts from 2016 pic.twitter.com/8oZaQOMqYA— Tee (@AroldisTrapman) 10 февраля 2019 г.