“Hypocritical” Justin Gaethje Gets Brutally Shut Down by Dave Portnoy After a Dig at Paddy Pimblett’s Recent Win

Published 12/12/2022, 6:30 AM EST

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UFC lightweight Justin Gaethje and Barstool Sports’ Dave Portnoy recently got into a spat after UFC 282. The final PPV of the year ended in controversy after both the co-main event and the main event ended in suspect decisions. In the co-main, Paddy “The Baddy” Pimblett beat Jared “Flash” Gordon via unanimous decision to go 4-0 in the UFC. However, several fans and pros outright disagreed with the decision. Meanwhile, Portnoy called for a fight of the night bonus for their athlete, invoking the ire of “The Human Highlight Reel.”

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Back in October 2021, Pimblett signed a seven-figure sponsorship deal with Barstool. Therefore, Portnoy called for more accolades for their athlete after he got the judges’ nod. However, Gaethje had a difference of opinion, which has now escalated severely.

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Dave Portnoy calls out Justin Gaethje for being hypocritical

Justin Gaethje openly voiced his disapproval of Barstool Sports founder Dave Portnoy, calling Pimblett’s bout the fight of the night. “The Highlight” said it made Portnoy look “really bad,” adding Pimblett did not earn the fight of the night honors.

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He also said Barstool could pay “The Baddy” out of their own pockets.

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Portnoy did not lay back and take Gaethje’s criticism. The 45-year-old entrepreneur fired back on Twitter, criticizing Gaethje’s recent visit to Chechnya.

Dominance MMA’s athletes Justin Gaethje, Kamaru Usman, and Henry Cejudo recently received backlash for their visit to Chechnya at the invitation of controversial leader Ramzan Kadyrov. The leader of the Chechen Republic also grabbed headlines after resolving the spat between Khamzat Chimaev and Khabib Nurmagomedov’s teammate.

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However, Gaethje responded to Portnoy’s claims and held nothing back.

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Justin Gaethje outright denied Portnoy’s claims about him hanging out with Kadyrov. He called the accusation “an outright lie and slander.”

Gaethje also added that despite visiting the Chechen Republic, he never met Kadyrov. He then lashed out at Portnoy in expletive language.

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Paddy Pimblett’s win raised a lot of eyebrows, including that of Justin Gaethje. However, the Barstool-sponsored athlete remained confident in his performance and the result. While Gaethje and Portnoy are beefing online, Pimblett is yet to join the conversation.

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Do you think this will escalate into a Gaethje vs. Pimblett confrontation? What are the chances we get to see “The highlight” take on “The Baddy” in the future? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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Yeswanth Praveen

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Yeswanth Praveen is a UFC writer at EssentiallySports. His interests mainly lie in the realm of MMA, bodybuilding, and the fitness industry. He finished his Master's in English literature from EFLU, Hyderabad.
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