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Justin Gaethje’s manager calls out Conor McGregor for turning down fight

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According to Ali Abdelaziz, an offer to fight Justin Gaethje was turned down by McGregor, just the latest as we patiently wait for the return of ‘The Notorious.’

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Conor McGregor may be very active on social media these days, but in the cage? Not so much. We haven’t seen the Irish superstar fight since his loss to Khabib Nurmagomedov back in October of 2018. And while he has updated his status from ‘retired’ to ‘in talks’ and ‘in training,’ there still seems to be a lot more financial negotiations needed before he’ll sign on the dotted line again.

So it shouldn’t be much of a surprise that McGregor has allegedly turned down a fight with Justin Gaethje. Earlier in the week Gaethje took to Twitter with some sharp words for “The Notorious.”

Then his manager Ali Abdelaziz (yes, the same Ali that Conor feuded with almost as much as Khabib in the lead-up to their fight) got in on the act as well, dissing McGregor for ducking Gaethje.

Just in case you’re having trouble keeping up, McGregor never offered to fight Gaethje over social media — that was Donald Cerrone, in a match that fell apart after disagreements over UFC ownership and the promotion wanting Conor in the co-main slot. After Gaethje quickly brutalized Edson Barboza at the end of March, McGregor sent out this compliment:

We doubt McGregor is all that worried about a guy who likes to use his face as a shield to get in and duke things out. Unfortunately, this is all about business at this point. McGregor won’t come back for just anyone or anything, and it feels like the UFC is currently trying to bring him back down from the upper stratosphere where he calls all the shots and makes $30 million per fight.

Will we end up getting a McGregor fight this summer? It all comes down to big money stipulations negotiated by managers, not trash talk thrown around on Twitter.