Kelvin Gastelum Warns About Repercussions Of Conor-Khabib Rivalry
Kelvin Gastelum is scheduled to fight Israel “The Last Air Bender” Adesanya at UFC 236. However, one recent controversy has caught his attention, much like the rest of the MMA world. Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov have disparaged themselves — and according to some people, the sanctity of the sport itself — online.
While McGregor called Khabib’s wife a towel, Khabib retaliated by calling Conor a “rapist”. McGregor then fired back, before saying he was done with the verbal sparring session. However, that wasn’t the end of it, with Nurmagomedov calling McGregor a “lowlife”. Even UFC President Dana White had to intervene, and has since told the media that the UFC representatives have been in contact with both camps to put out the fire.
Kelvin Gastelum has been around for a long time, and has seen it all in the sport. However, even for him, this has been a new low, and the former title contender (although his fight with Robert Whittaker never happened) has now warned the fighters — and the fans — regarding the repercussions of this rivalry escalating any further.
“I think there are some lines that shouldn’t be crossed”, Gastelum said at a UFC 236 media event (transcribed by MMAJunkie). “And this rivalry that’s going on right now is escalating to a point where it shouldn’t have to, you know what I mean?”
“I feel like if it keeps escalating the way it is, somebody is going to end up getting hurt or shot, or something. I truly believe that.”
“You shouldn’t mess with people’s wives, you shouldn’t mess with people’s lives or their religion, absolutely.”