Conor McGregor is undeniably one of the most polarizing figures in combat sports today. While he does have a huge following, there is also a good number of people who do not enjoy his entire schtick.
But if one apparently speaks against “The Notorious,” they get backlash from it. It is, at least, what UFC strawweight Felice Herrig thinks.
Herrig was vocal about her disdain for the Irishman particularly after the UFC 223 bus attack last April. She says she does understand the repercussions she has been getting after her statements, at least on some level.
“I think because there’s controversy, and so many people they either love Conor or they hate him,” Herrig told MMA Fighting during the UFC 229 media day on Thursday. “So his nuthuggers are gonna be like ‘How dare you speak of the king like that? Blasphemy!’
“I think it’s just because people will follow him blindly. He’s the kind of person who could be a cult leader and have all these little minions. The people that get pissed at me are his little minions who would kiss his feet. So that’s why I get hate, it’s because he’s so loved or hated or controversial.”
Because of that incident alone, Herrig’s opinion of McGregor has been changed permanently.
“I don’t care, what he did was wrong,” she said. “I still think he’s a piece of sh-t, and I’m always going to think he’s a piece of sh-t.”
Herrig will open up the UFC 229 main card on Saturday, when she faces Michelle Waterson.