Justin Gaethje, pros react to third Conor McGregor retirement announcement: ‘This guy is on another bender’

Justin Gaethje, pros react to third Conor McGregor retirement announcement: ‘This guy is on another bender’

With Conor McGregor making his third retirement announcement via social media, it’s fair to say that thought of “The Notorious” walking away from MMA isn’t making waves like it used to.

One fighter who did offer a farewell to McGregor was interim UFC lightweight champion Justin Gaethje, though Gaethje’s tone wasn’t exactly a fond one.

“The Highlight” made reference to McGregor punching an elderly man in August 2019 and suggested that the former two-division champion has been drinking too much.

Thankfully all of the elderly are still hiding in their homes. This guy is on another bender #propershit #ByeFelicia Great fights tonight @Cody_Nolove with the performance of the night #UFC250

— Justin Gaethje (@Justin_Gaethje) June 7, 2020

“Thankfully all of the elderly are still hiding in their homes,” Gaethje wrote. “This guy is on another bender.”

Gaethje had been campaigning for a fight with McGregor before eventually stepping in to fight Tony Ferguson at UFC 249 as a replacement for Khabib Nurmagomedov. There, Gaethje put on a dominant performance against Ferguson before finishing “El Cucuy” via strikes with less than two minutes remaining in the fifth round. He is now poised to face undisputed lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov at a future date, while a meeting with McGregor has become a more remote possibility.

See below for more reactions from the MMA community to McGregor’s retirement:

McGregor ain’t retiring, he’s negotiating

— Funky Ben (@Benaskren) June 7, 2020

Conor, Jon and Jorge vs Dana! This should be interesting.

— Funky Ben (@Benaskren) June 7, 2020

All this guys retiring now ‍♂️ @danawhite u got a real fighter right here! I fight anyone of this guys! @ufc #rarebreed

— GILBERT BURNS DURINHO (@GilbertDurinho) June 7, 2020

Good luck with everything in the future @TheNotoriousMMA

The greatest champ champ ever!!!! President of Ireland next?pic.twitter.com/Ny8wJINngV

— Aaron O’Chalmers (@AaronCGShore) June 7, 2020

— PEARL GONZALEZ (@PearlGonzalez) June 7, 2020

Conor out here tryin to steal the Amanda’s shine smh

— Belal Muhammad (@bullyb170) June 7, 2020

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