Rattled Kelvin Gastelum Hits Back at Conor McGregor for Crass Comments; Receives Backlash: “Still Agree With Conor “

Published 01/11/2023, 2:24 AM EST

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UFC middleweight fighter, Kelvin Gastelum, had to withdraw from the UFC’s first main event of 2023 on Monday due to a mouth injury and is now in a back-and-forth with Conor McGregor. The injury was due to a wayward blow that hurt his face in the gym. In addition, this left Gastelum unable to compete against Nassourdine Imavov on Jan. 14. As a result, Sean Strickland stepped in on short notice to fight Imavov instead.

Gastelum hasn’t been in form for the last few years. Moreover, he has only won one out of his last six fights. He was looking to get back to the winning ways with a win in his next fight. However, an injury means he has to pull out and wait for the next matchup.


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Gastelum’s injury is a setback, but he is intent on bouncing back and resuming to compete at the highest level. He’s been a consistent contender in the middleweight division and is looking forward to getting back into the octagon soon. He is expected to make a full recovery in no time and will be ready to compete again.

Kelvin Gastelum fires back at ‘The Notorious’

Conor McGregor, known for his trash-talking antics, took a humorous dig at Gastelum’s injury by suggesting it was a staph infection and that Gastelum should clean his mats and go to the doctor. But Gastelum was not going to take the former UFC double division champion’s comments lying down. He responded to McGregor’s jest by saying that he will be back stronger and healthier after his dental surgery. Conor McGregor has suffered injuries before too, but always came back and did it again.

He said, “Relax u lil leprechaun. The coke and steroids are kicking in.


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The dig was in relation to McGregor’s recent buffed up body. In addition, to his now deleted recent graphic photos showcasing his new Rolex Day-Date ‘Green’ in 18k yellow gold, with diamonds while choking his own neck.

Fans react to Gastelum responding to Conor McGregor

Fans really did not accept what Gastelum had to say in response to the Irish superstar. Here’s what they had to say:

One fan said: “Still agree with Conor on this one pretty sure this is the second staph infection kelvin has had too”

Another fan said: “One was ringworm, this looks like staphe”

Whilst a fan thought that the symptoms are all there: “It’s true tho gastelums facial infections look fu*ken disgusting”

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Another fan mocked Gastelum: “Major L for kelvin. Go to the fucking doctor”

One fan thought that the diss was ‘low effort’: “Leprechaun, coke, steroids? Low effort diss. Low effort cleanliness of mats.”

One fan said: “The leprechaun thing is lame”

Meanwhile, another fan mocked the diss: “Leprechaun, absolutely groundbreaking stuff”


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Another fan points out the photo and mocks the middleweight fighter: “With the picture showing with his response makes it an even bigger L”

One fan declared the winner of diss: “10-7 conor I mean honestly”

Another wrote, “Comeback as good as the mats are clean”


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Who do you think came up on top in this game of diss? Let us know in the comments below.

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Written by:

Himakshu Vyas


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Himakshu Vyas is a Combat Sports author at Essentiallysports. He is passionate about sports, with soccer and MMA being the sports he is most involved in. Aside from that, he follows the global soccer scene.
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Edited by:

Yeswanth Praveen