Kelvin Gastelum, 27, of Arizona, United States is the most recent target of Conor McGregor, 30, of Dublin, Ireland. The American mixed martial artist was supposed to challenge reigning UFC Middleweight Champion Robert “The Reaper” Whittaker, 28, of Sydney, Australia in the main event of “UFC 234” at the Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, Australia on February 10, 2019.
On February 9, 2019, Whittaker had a hernia, which happens when an area of an organ or tissue pushes through a weakened muscle layer usually in the abdomen or groin. The reigning UFC Middleweight Champion had to undergo emergency surgery so his title defense against Gastelum at “UFC 234” was cancelled.
A week before the “UFC 234” fight night, Gastelum had staph infections, which are caused by staphylococcus bacteria commonly found on the skin or in the nose. The bacteria usually cause no serious problems but they can turn deadly if they invade deeper into the body, entering the bloodstream, bones, joints, lungs or heart.
Gastelum’s staph infections did not turn deadly. He was cleared by the UFC medical team to fight.
Wearing the belt of reigning UFC Flyweight Champion Henry “The Messenger” Cejudo, 32, of Arizona, Gastelum later on declared himself as the undisputed UFC Middleweight Champion since Whittaker pulled out. McGregor did not like this and took to Twitter to mock Gastelum and his staph infections.
On February 11, 2019, Gastelum responded to McGregor’s tweet while talking to Ariel Helwani on “The Ariel Helwani MMA Show.” The American MMA fighter referred to the former UFC Featherweight and Lightweight Champion as “a leper” that is “full of disease that’s spreading disease all over Ireland.”
“He’s spreading his seed all over Ireland, impregnating ladies and not claiming them,” Gastelum said of McGregor. “That dude’s a leper. Forget him.”
Weeks before the “UFC 234″ fight night, a legal firm claims underwriter named Terri Murray, 26, claimed that McGregor is the father of her daughter named Clodagh Julie Murray, who was born on January 9, 2018. According to the single mother, she met the Irish MMA fighter when he traveled to Liverpool, United Kingdom for the 2017 Grand National.
“He is telling everyone I slept with someone else,” Murray told Mirror referring to McGregor. “He is telling everyone my baby is someone else’s. It is not fair and it can’t be left like this any longer.”
McGregor has been in a relationship with Dee Devlin since 2008. They have two children named Conor Jack McGregor Jr. and Croia McGregor, who were born on May 5, 2017 and on January 2, 2019, respectively.
Meanwhile, here is Gastelum declaring himself as the UFC Middleweight Champion: