A war of words between two former UFC two-division champions Conor McGregor and Daniel Cormier has broken out and turned increasingly heated in a short space of time.
It all began when Cormier criticized McGregor recently for cruelly referencing Khabib Nurmagomedov’s dead father on social media and also targeting Dustin Poirier’s wife with his trash talk, with DC labelling it a “cry for help”.
McGregor had initially fired back by Tweeting a screenshot of DC during the UFC 265 broadcast with the comment “a cry for help if ever I seen one,” though he quickly deleted it.
However, earlier this week McGregor went back to the well when he posted up another comment branding DC a “fat drunk f***,” before deleting that too.
Cormier responded on Wednesday on his ESPN podcast and advised McGregor to worry less about him and more about himself.
“McGregor, listen to me bud,” Cormier stated. “Stop worrying about me. Don’t worry about Daniel Cormier. Don’t worry about the things that I’m saying. Don’t worry about how I’m dressing and how I’m looking. Don’t do that! Worry about the dudes that keep beating your a** every time you go into the octagon. That’s what you should be worried about.
“I’m not a guy you got to worry about fighting. I’m done. I’m retired. I’m living my best life. You need to worry about trying to beat the guys that you fight against. Don’t worry. Get off the internet.”
McGregor didn’t take his words to heart however, and instead went on a huge rant on social media in which he elaborated on his claims that Cormier was out-of-shape and a drunk.
“Daniel Cormier is a fat mess,” McGregor exclaimed. “Getting into worse condition by the day. God bless him. Showing up drunk at media events the very day before he was in the booth calling my fight. Drunk at a media event working? The day before being a commentator on the biggest fight in history?
“It is a sackable offense for a commentator to be drunk at press work the day before commentating theb ig fight. Dreaful! Get it together. Belching in the mic at a press event and an all wtf. The day before commenting the big fight? Is this guy serious? Disgraceful.
“@dc_mma Your back situations just mental too. Your weight and way of life is abysmal. And now drunk at work the day before you commentate a McGregor event? Pitiful. Congrats Jon on his head kick KO anniversary over you. Good always defeats evil? Wasn’t sure you were evil. Fakes.”
McGregor is referencing a weigh-ins day interview with Cormier in which he had to apologize for belching and said he’d been drinking just before he’d got on the mic.
However, McGregor’s attempt to make DC look bad is a complete non-story as Cormier had actually been drinking on-air as part of a challenge during the UFC 265 weigh-ins show, which often sees the presenters taking part in wacky challenges with each other.
On this occasion, Cormier was tasked with downing alcohol along with his co-host Laura Sanko, and afterwards even told the assembled media why he was slightly worse for wear.
“I’m burping because Laura Sanko and I just freakin’ shotgunned beers in the back for the championship of our weigh-in show,” Cormier explained. “I’ve been feeling like I need to vomit for the last 30 minutes.”
Since McGregor’s outburst, Sanko has also spoken out in support of her co-host, Cormier.
“I can assure everyone he wasn’t actually drunk,” Sanko wrote on Twitter. “DC is a funny guy and he was having fun. He’s twice my size, we drank the same amount just as fast (well, almost lol) and I was fine. He was joking around. He’s a true professional on all levels.”
Cormier has since urged McGregor again to turn his attention elsewhere.
“@TheNotoriousMMA we can’t fight, it’s all just talk so stop! Thank your for watching! Get help. Win a fight,” DC wrote.