McGregor seems to have gone too far this time
UFC’s “Go Big” press conference was meant to feature more than a dozen of the most prominent fighters and let each one of them have his or her own share of media interest. And it very well could have gone like that but for Conor McGregor. Politeness and respect were never the strong sides of the Irish prospect and one had to be Dana White to think that Conor can keep quiet and behave himself in the company of Jose Aldo, Chad Mendes, Dustin Poirier and a group of fighters whom he haven’t knocked out yet but would definitely like to.
So almost every time when one of the other athletes was asked a question, McGregor would grab the mike and produce another portion of trash talk. The reason why he would act like that was formulated in his following phrase: “I’m the money fight in the male s..t in all divisions, so f..k everybody else up here.”
McGregor clearly stated that he’s up to lightweight division after he’s done with Jose Aldo and made a number of remarks aimed at Rafael dos Anjos and Donald Cerrone who will soon battle for the UFC lightweight title. “I’ll change your bum life. When you sign to fight me, it’s a celebration. You ring back home, you ring your wife ‘Baby, we done it. We’re rich, baby. Conor McGregor made us rich. Break out the red panties’” – this one went to dos Anjos. As for Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone, McGregor addressed to him saying “You’re too slow and too stiff. You’re as stiff as a board and I’d snap you in half. I see stiffness when I look in the 155-pound division. They’re stuck in the mud”.
McGregor’s shots left no one indifferent. Chad Mendes and Cerrone also showed their mastery of verbal insult, trash talk and dirty language, including Cerrone’s promise to “knock the f…ing ‘Lucky Charms’ out of” McGregor. But the Irish paid not more attention to that than he did to Mendes’ punches in their last fight. In fact, planned or not, but the whole press conference made almost everyone else except Conor McGregor, Ronda Rousey, Joanna Jedrzejczyk and Holly Holm look like losers (Nate Diaz used another term which was “punked bitches”).
The light heavyweight Vitor Belfort also didn’t suffer any of McGregor’s attacks, however he was, perhaps, the only one who tried to present a broader look at McGregor’s conduct. “We don’t need trash talk to sell tickets. I am wondering if one day MMA will be seen more like a sport and less than entertainment? It seems that we are going to the wrong way. A good example is Aldo (real athlete) and Mc Gregor (trash talker). To become an Olympic sport we have to apply the Olympic values not only the Olympic rules. Where is the respect?!? I don’t want to see our kids thinking that to become a successful MMA athlete you have to talk crap instead of respecting others”, Belfort claimed on Instagram.
It’s hard to disagree with the 38 year MMA old veteran. McGregor certainly knows how to make headlines and the hugest pay-per-view earnings but his verbal game may already seem hackneyed and more fitting a guy who needs crowd’s recognition badly than a fighter who dominates his division and has his eye on a couple of others.