McGregor blasts ‘worm’ Gastelum: Sterilize that belt, immediately
Conor McGregor has some words for Kelvin Gastelum, who appeared to have some skin issues ahead of UFC 234 this weekend.
Just 24 hours before fight night, UFC 234 saw major changes in its headliner fight. Middleweight champion Robert Whittaker was forced off the contest due to a hernia, which he immediately underwent surgery for on Saturday.
Apparently, there are some medical issues from challenger Kelvin Gastelum’s side as well. During the media obligations on fight week, a noticeable redness could be seen below Gastleum’s lower lip, which many suspected to be ring worm.
On fight night, Aaron Bronsteter of TSN Sports reported that Gastelum did admit to having staph infection.
Kelvin Gastelum told reporters in the scrum tonight that he did have some staph infection complications this week, but it wasn't going to keep him from fighting.— Aaron Bronsteter (@aaronbronsteter) February 10, 2019
Gastelum remained at cageside during the event, with the UFC belt draped on his shoulder. He did get flak for it, first from Israel Adesanya during the Octagon interview, and later, from Conor McGregor.
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) February 10, 2019
Someone sort this, this instant. And sterilize that belt.
UFC welterweight Colby Covington also took shots at Gastelum for the visible infection.
UFC 234 ended up being headlined by a three-round fight between Israel Adesanya and Anderson Silva. “The Last Stylebender” ended up with a unanimous decision win, keeping his undefeated record (17-0, with 13 wins by knockout) intact.