Kelvin Gastelum came under the wrath of former UFC champion Conor McGregor this past weekend. And now, the No. 1 ranked middleweight contender has responded.
Appearing on the Ariel Helwani MMA Show Monday, Gastelum addressed his skin issues and had his own comments regarding McGregor. He admitted that he did have a staph infection, but “as soon as the UFC doctors got there, they started handling it.”
Gastelum’s planned title fight with Robert Whittaker was scrapped when Whittaker was forced to undergo emergency surgery.
“They gave me antibiotics, they put me on medication,” Gastelum said (thanks to MMA Fighting for the quotes). “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.”
As for McGregor, Gastelum said “You want to talk about a leper? 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.”
You can read what McGregor had to say about Gastelum on FightLine.