Gastelum Blasts “Leper” McGregor
When the main event of UFC 234 has been called off, many thought that Kelvin Gastelum was forced to pull out due to a staph infection, but instead it was in-fact UFC middleweight champion Robert Whittaker, who suffered a freak hernia.
Speaking about the infection he suffered with Ariel Helwani, Gastelum thanked the UFC medical team for getting him ready for a fight that would end up being cancelled.
“As soon as the UFC doctors got there the week of the fight, they started handling it,” Gastelum said. “They gave me antibiotics, they put me on medication. They gave me creams so that I can put some on. Immediately they were very happy with the results. The very next day the rash had significantly shrunk and had dried up and it was going away. So there was no way that I wasn’t going to be competing just because of this infection. I was gonna go in there and fight this thing and go ahead and fight the fight. The doctors were letting me fight, they were saying it was going to be okay.”
One person who was not a fan of letting Gastelum compete with the staph was former UFC featherweight and lightweight champion, Conor McGregor, who let the world know as much on Saturday night.
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.
Someone sort this, this instant. And sterilize that belt.
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) February 10, 2019
“Oh my god, you want to talk about a leper?” Gastelum said of McGregor. “A guy that’s full of disease that’s spreading disease all over Ireland? That’s Conor McGregor. He’s spreading his seed all over Ireland, impregnating ladies and not claiming them. That dude’s a leper. Forget him.”
“I was fighting this staph infection on my face, on my body, the entire week,” Gastelum said about fighting his body to keep his title shot. “I was on antibiotics the entire week fighting this thing. The UFC doctors were gracious and handling it well and they were real happy with how the infection on my skin was going away and it’d be okay to fight. The commission was okay with letting me fight. Everything was on track, man. It was just devastating. To go through all that process, to go through all that work and not be able to fight and compete, man, it was horrible. . .
“I feel lost right now. I come home, I didn’t get to fight, I didn’t get to compete, I have all this built up energy that I didn’t use and it’s an empty feeling, that’s for sure. It’s a lost feeling. I don’t know where to go from here.”
Initial Report: MMA Fighting