Gaethje Says Kevin Lee Doesn’t Know Respect

On The MMA Hour, Justin Gaethje said that he was cordial to fellow UFC lightweight contender, Kevin Lee earlier this year when the two UFC lightweight contenders met.

“First time I ever met him, he was nice,” said Gaethje,

“Then [Lee] talked **** saying I was fan-boying over him. He doesn’t know what respect is. I’ll never show him respect again, that’s for sure.”

Gaethje said they exchanged pleasantries at the UFC Summer Kickoff press conference prior to UFC 211 in Dallas back in May. The next time they encounter one another, it may be inside the Octagon.

“I just like punching loudmouths in the face,” Gaethje said.

Gaethje said the plan was to take some time off after his loss to Eddie Alvarez at UFC 218 in December. The original plan was to stay out of the cage until  the summer. Gaethje, 29, isn’t sure if it’ll play out that way, though.

“I’m sure I’ll get the itch sooner rather than later,” he said. “I said I wanted to wait around until June, July. But I’m sure I’ll get the itch sooner.”

And if Gaethje is back earlier this year, part of him is hoping Lee is the opponent.

“It’s too soon, but we’ll see how things play out,” Gaethje said. “I might want to beat up Kevin Lee, that kid over there I want to beat up.”

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