Stephen A Smith Totally Called Justin Gaethje 'Garth' and MMA Twitter Was Not Having it

ESPN's Stephen A. Smith is not so popular among UFC fans. Calling Justin Gaethje the absolute wrong name won't change that one bit.
ESPN's Stephen A. Smith is not so popular among UFC fans. Calling Justin Gaethje the absolute wrong name won't change that one bit.

Stephen A. Smith didn't make a ton of new friends in the mixed martial arts community when he suggested that record-setting fan favorite Donald Cerrone "quit" in his TKO loss to Conor McGregor at UFC 246 in January. Well, the ESPN pundit just put his foot in his very loud mouth once again, and MMA fans are not about to let it slide.

While Justin Gaethje took on Tony Ferguson in the main event of UFC 249 Saturday night, Stephen A. 100% referred to the former as "Garth."

Honestly, this would be a cool nicknake for, say, a fighter with really long hair, or perhaps one who was really into heavy metal. Unfortunately, Gaethje has quite short hair and has never been called "Garth," even by accident, by any human person ever around.

Was it an innocent typo, or maybe an autocorrect? Sure, it's perfectly plausible. But don't expect Smith to get the benefit of the doubt after talking out of class about Cowboy Cerrone like he did.

Thank you, Rosa.

We have other questions, too. But let's start with this one.

ESPN should bring back "Cold Pizza."

Party on, Stephen.

That's a point deduction, Stevie.

Oh, isn't that convenient? Sure, man. Sure. Maybe just cut your losses and call it a night.

Wait, who are we kidding? Stephen A. will only double down here. It's who he is. It's what he does. And he gets paid a heck of a lot more than we do to keep doing exactly that.