UFC Superstar Conor McGregor Reminds Fans Who is the Real Boss…
Conor McGregor has the loudest voice in the UFC. Yes, he’s a talented fighter, but that alone wasn’t enough to get him to the top of the game. He’s sitting pretty after earning $100 million from a boxing match with Floyd Mayweather last August. A fight that he basically talked his way into. Love him or loathe him, the man has a silver tongue.
His list of putdowns just goes on and on. From telling Chad Mendes that he’ll rest his balls on his forehead, to referring to Dustin Poirier as Cleetus, the list goes on and on. Who can forget his crowning glory, when he turned round to an overeager Jeremy Stephens and said: “Who da fook is that guy”.
With his increased wealth has come an increased arrogance. He hasn’t appeared in the octagon since 2016 when he took his lightweight title from Eddie Alvarez. The Irishman is still the most famous face in the UFC, with his face on the front of the EA sports UFC 3 video game. ‘The Notorious’ took the opportunity to send a message to Dana White when promoting the game on Twitter.
UFC President Dana White is notorious himself for having conflicts with his fighters. There’s a decent argument to be made that other than McGregor, he is the most recognizable face associated with the UFC. That’s a problem for some fighters, particularly the likes of Tyron Woodley.
McGregor and White have passive-aggressively feuded in the past. The Irishman was pulled from UFC 200 when he went to Iceland to train instead of attending a mandatory press conference. He was also infuriated by the way he was stripped of his featherweight title, only weeks after becoming the first UFC fighter to hold two belts at the same time.
However, McGregor is in a unique position because of his commercial success. It’s so much harder to say no to him than it is to other fighters. Arguably he is the biggest draw in the world of combat sports right now. He knows this, and that’s why he’s drawn-out negotiations for a comeback, as he demands a stake in WME-IMG.
His tweet advertising the UFC 3 video game could be read as just a joke. However, in the world of McGregor mania, there’s no such thing. Everything is done for a reason. He wrote on Twitter:
“Sit down Dana, I’m the real boss. The Champ Champ.”
Of course Dana White is now a playable character in the UFC 3 video game – with ridiculous stats. You can compete in the light-heavyweight division with the UFC president and take on the likes of Daniel Cormier and Alexander Gustafsson. McGregor saw his opportunity and he took it. There’s nothing anybody can do.
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) March 23, 2018
McGregor is on course to make his comeback in the second half of this year. He’s set to take either Khabib Nurmagamedov or Tony Ferguson, depending on who wins at UFC 223 in New York on April 7th. The Irishman will be stripped of his lightweight title on that night.
It’s exciting times for UFC fans. The promotion definitely needs the Irishman to return because he is literally their only mainstream star right now. With McGregor comes drama, and the only thing that is certain is that we won’t be able to stop talking about him.