KEY POINTS

  • Conor McGregor demands a rubber match with Poirier after UFC 257 defeat
  • Gaethje wants the UFC to stop giving the Irishman preferential treatment
  • The American praises Poirier for knocking McGregor out

Justin Gaethje has threatened to permanently walk away from mixed martial arts if Conor McGregor is given a title shot in his next fight despite getting knocked out by Dustin Poirier at UFC 257 last weekend.

The Irishman was quick to ask for a trilogy fight against Poirier with the duo currently tied 1-1 after two bouts.

McGregor’s coach John Kavanagh also went on to suggest that it should be for the lightweight title.

That comment did not sit well with Gaethje, causing him to fire back at McGregor and his team. The American believes that "The Notorious" has been given enough special treatment by the promotion.

"For them to come out and say he wants a title shot next, rematch with Poirier, they're f---ing idiots," he said, as quoted on ESPN. "He's been treated special over and over and he didn't capitalize on this opportunity. That event was for him, it was for him to win. He wants to be Mr. Humble now, but you know he would have been an a*****e had he won that fight.”

"He's not fighting for a title. I will think about never fighting in the UFC again if he fights for a title. That would be preposterous," he added. "He's sitting at No. 6, he's won one fight in his entire life in the lightweight division. He picks and chooses who he fights. I would love to fight him, but I don't think it should be next. But he ain't gonna fight me."

Gaethje showed no remorse for McGregor while praising Poirier for doing his job and putting down the "loudmouth" Irishman.

“I’m happy for Poirier. I’m happy Poirier went out there and did his job and finished him. I love seeing a loudmouth get knocked out. There is nothing that makes me happier. Seeing a piece of sh*t get put down, that was great, I loved it,” the Arizona native expressed.

Knocked out: Conor McGregor Knocked out: Conor McGregor Photo: GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Harry How