Middleweight title challenger Kelvin Gastelum is the latest fighter to voice his concerns on the ‘escalating’ Conor McGregor & Khabib Nurmagomedov feud.

Wednesday, April 3, 2019, is going to cast a dark shadow on mixed martial arts. That is because that’s the day the McGregor & Nurmagomedov feud took an even darker turn previously imagined. The two fighters volleyed hateful, insulting tweets back and forth at one another until UFC President Dana White stepped in to bring some much-needed levity to the conversation. While White’s intervention may have simmered the rivalry, lines have been crossed.

Kelvin Gastelum Chimes In

Gastelum, who fights Israel Adesanya for the interim middleweight in the co-main event of UFC 236, is no stranger to trash talking. But even he thinks the lines have been crossed.

“I think there are some lines that shouldn’t be crossed,” Gastelum said at a media event on Thursday (via MMAJunkie). “And this rivalry that’s going on right now is escalating to a point where it shouldn’t have to, you know what I mean?”

Many fans and media personalities have suggested that if the trash talking persists, or worse, continues to escalate, someone could get hurt. Gastelum fears the same ending may be in sight.

“I feel like if it keeps escalating the way it is, somebody is going to end up getting hurt or shot, or something. I truly believe that.”

As mentioned above, Gastelum can hold his own in the trash talking game. His digs on Robert Whittaker were though to be harsh at the time. But when it comes to things like family and religion, well that’s just something you shouldn’t mess with.

“You shouldn’t mess with people’s wives, you shouldn’t mess with people’s lives or their religion, absolutely,” Gastelum said.

UFC 236 takes place April 13 from the State Farm Arena in Atlanta, Georgia. Max Holloway vs. Dustin Poirier will serve as the main event.

Mike Straus @AKAstraus21 is a credentialed MMA journalist and a member of the MMAJA. He has been a fan of the sport since its inception and has been covering the sport professionally for three years. In the past, he has produced content for Fansided's Cagepages, mma-media.com, and Combatpress.com. He currently contributes for MyMMANews.com, he is a staff writer for Cagesidepress.com, and LowKickMMA.com. He most recently began writing for BJPenn.com.