Justin Gaethje accuses Conor McGregor of targeting his "sloppy seconds"

Justin Gaethje has accused Conor McGregor of targeting the same opponents as him during their time competing in the UFC lightweight division.

McGregor has been called out by Michael Chandler before and after the American's defeat to Gaethje on the UFC 267 bill earlier in the month.

He has also been challenged by Tony Ferguson and featherweight Max Holloway in recent days as his comeback from a broken leg injury is stepped up.

But leading lightweight contender Gaethje has accused the Irishman of facing his "sloppy seconds", pointing out his current targets and former opponent Donald Cerrone.

"To me, it feels like we are in grade school and Conor McGregor is following me around, trying to pick up all my sloppy seconds," Gaethje told TMZ Sports. "Is that not what's happening?

"I think, I find it hilarious. I hate to say it because it's disrespectful to the opponents that I beat but I fought Cowboy, then he wants to fight him.

"I just beat up Chandler and now he wants to fight Chandler, he will never say my name and Ferguson's on the list now too, so I just find that comical."

Gaethje took part in a brutal three-round battle with Chandler where he gained a narrow victory after not having it all his own way in the contest.

And he was later admitted to hospital with his opponent where they were reunited after gaining the Fight of the Night award.

He now looks set to move on to a shot against the winner of Dustin Poirier's title challenge against Charles Oliveira at the end of the year.

McGregor will be looking to revive his career next year after his rehabilitation having won just one of his last four fights against Gaethje's former opponent Cerrone in 2020.

And he is yet to face Gaethje who has frequently been in-and-around a world title shot at 155lbs with a failed challenge against McGregor's rival Khabib Nurmagomedov taking place last year.

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But the Irish star has agreed to fight Gaethje's previous rival Chandler after the call-out but maybe not immediately next with other options also touted for his return.

Another option could also be Holloway who has challenged McGregor again this weekend as he takes one step closer to another title shot against Alexander Volkanovski.

Nate Diaz has also hinted at a trilogy with McGregor as he has just one fight remaining on his current UFC deal.

However UFC analyst Chael Sonnen has called for McGregor to face retired star Paul Felder to ease into his comeback trail.

"There is other matches that you could do where all of a sudden you can make up some ground with Conor," Sonnen told his YouTube channel. "Man, I'll throw a name at you. Paul Felder.

"Paul Felder is retired. If Paul Felder came back for Conor McGregor he would lock down into an eight-week training the same as Conor's going to do. It is going to be even. And they're gonna go out and have a match, together that makes a lot of sense."

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