JUSTIN GAETHJE told Tony Ferguson that “being an a**hole gets you nowhere” after tempers flared following their clash at UFC 249.
The Highlight pulled off a stunning upset over the 12-fight undefeated El Cucuy to win the interim lightweight title.
The 31-year-old underdog dominated his fellow American to score a fifth-round stoppage and set up a championship bout against Khabib Nurmagomedov.
But in doing so, Gaethje took Ferguson's spot as next in line to face the undefeated Russian after the latter had his fight against the lightweight king called off FIVE times.
And it seems El Cucuy, who cut weight twice in the past month, initially struggled to accept the crushing defeat.
BT Sport released a video showing fans what the two fighter's coaches had been saying between rounds.
At around the 3minute mark after referee Herb Dean calls a stop the fight, Gaethje approaches a bloodied Ferguson and attempts to embrace him.
Yet the 36-year-old sulkily ignores the hug and shoves his opponent away.
Gaethje then walks away and calls: “Being an a**hole gets you nowhere.”
Ferguson seemed to acknowledge the words soon after as he moved to make amends after letting his disappointment subsided a little.
He said: "It was a long camp.
"The weight cut had nothing to do with it. Justin's a tough son of a b***h, I'll be real.
"I prepared for Khabib; not too much of a striker. But s**t happens, man. What can you do? I would've much rather got finished instead of having somebody step in.
"Let's go back and get it on, you now what I mean? The consolation round you have to win back. Props to Justin, like I said, and his team; tough son of a b***h. Thank you for taking the fight."
SunSport previously reported that Ferguson was rushed to hospital following Saturday's main-event after he suffered a broken eye-socket.
Gaethje landed 143 significant strikes, 100 of those to the head, as he outfought Ferguson to win the interim lightweight crown.
And the Highlight made it clear that Khabib is his next challenge after discarding his new belt.
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