Remember last week when UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor took time out from training for his upcoming super fight with UFC lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos to lash out at UFC heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum while accepting his Fighter of Year trophy at the Fighters Only World MMA awards? Forgoing well-established, and reasonable, traditions of MMA trash-talking that say it’s best to save your psychological warfare and your breath for people you might one day actually fight, Conor leapt five whole weight classes that night just for the sake of landing a blow. For him, trash-talking goes beyond mere practicalities and into the realm of art, maybe even morality.
Today Fighter’s Only Magazine released more pre-recorded video of McGregor from last Friday’s show, this time his acceptance speech for the International Fighter of the Year award. Ignoring Werdum this time, McGregor turned his attention back to people he might actually fight one day, namely Nick Diaz and Frankie Edgar, both of whom have recently joined the long list of UFC fighters putting the name “Conor McGregor” on their lips in the hopes of scoring the biggest money fight of their careers. Which makes them, in the eyes of Conor McGregor, desperate, and therefore vulnerable.
The attack on Diaz was boilerplate Conor McGregor: equating a man’s worth as a man with his salary, and finding him wanting. “I heard Nate Diaz couldn’t even afford to fly over to Las Vegas for the ceremony,” McGregor said. “Stop holding bitterness deep in your bum soul. Stuck on 20,000 to show and 20,000 to fight. I wipe my ass with that money. I tip your wage, Nate.” Cruel—and even crueler, probably true—but nothing Diaz hasn’t heard before, or said before, about his place in the UFC: money being the primary source of agitation ….View full article