Justin Gaethje accused the UFC of ESPN 2 commentators Paul Felder and Karyn Bryant for trying to steal his thunder after a knockout by Edson Barboza.
Felder and Bryant say they just do their jobs. The UFC lightweight and veteran analyst defended their interview by Gaethje during the ESPN + post-battle show at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, which hosted the ESPN television event.
Felder, who respectfully requested a fight with Gaethje while standing next to him commenting desk, pointed out his overture was actually old news. In a post-match speech after a victory over James Vick, he said he would like to repackage Barboza or get off with Gaethje.
"If I didn't want to tell people I didn't have the ball to say it to his face," he wrote Twitter. "Now I do, and I did. He is a stud! And I will fight best."
Here is the proof of backing up the Felder:
19659003] In a follow-up interview with MMA Junkie, Felder said he was seeking his ESPN producer's opinion of mentioning himself as a potential opponent of Gaethje and receiving the progress. For him it was not just a logical question given their respective rankings, but a question of integrity.
"I feel that what I did was more respectful because I mentioned his name," Felder said. "His name has come out of my mouth when he is not around, so when he is there, it would be unprofessional and flawed for me not to say the same to his face as I had already said on camera with UFC & # 39 ;one."  Felder does not fail Gaethje to believe he was trying to steal the limelight. But after receiving dozens of hateful messages on Twitter, he is tired of criticism that he sees wrong.
"I come where Justin comes from," he said. "It's just everyone else who needs to shut up (explosive). Justin is a fighter. He just knocked out an opponent – I might be like," Hey, let me have my moment. # 39; That's fine for him. I have no problem with being like: & # 39; They were trying to steal my moment. & # 39; Maybe we were a little carried away as it continued. But I just wanted to say, "I would love to fight with you. It's going to happen now or it's going to happen later." That's the part I can't see how it could be a big thing. "
Bryant, who pointed out Felder's immediate proximity to Gaethje in the UFC rankings, indicated her question of matchup being driven by ESPN.
"My favorite part is how people do not think we have leading manufacturers who lead the show and tell us what to talk about / ask … I'm just freestyle what I want at these shows! "Bryant wrote on Twitter .
Bryant was not immediately available for comment when contacted by MMA Junkie.
Gaethje's response to the questions was not the first time he was salted with media issues In the same interview he gave after his appearance on the UFC on ESPN 2 after the match show, he told MMA Junkie "You're doing it again" after being asked about the Felder matchup.
Earlier this week he was annoyed by headlines who came out of a pre-fight interview in which he expressed a desire to reschedule Dustin Poirier, and also acknowledged that such headlines were part of the agreement, but decided to stay closer to his intentions.
I his post-office criticized Gaethje UFC's official rankings, following him standing contender Donald Cerrone, so the introduction of a graphic showing him no. 8 lightweight in front of No. 9 Felder was not exactly welcomed. "19659003]" It is (at no. 8) because they continue to let me down after winning "said Gaethje.
Bryant replied, "You tell me that his spider arches and your fighting style would not do anything …"
"You like this guy, not you?" Gaethje continued. "Don't let him look up."
"Come on," said Felder.
There was laughing around, and Gaethje continued to discuss his performance. But he also showed that he was not quite fond of discussing potential matches. He said the showdown with lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov would prove that he is the championship material.
Of course, Nurmagomedov's name is at the top of the list of light locations.
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