Conor McGregor’s outspoken antics helped make him a superstar, but after his latest attempt to get at Khabib Nurmagomedov involved cruelly referencing his rival’s father passing away from Covid last year, Former two-division UFC champion Daniel Cormier believes his trash-talk has gone far too far, and is a sign that all is not well with ‘The Notorious’.
“After the fight with Dustin Poirier, a lot of people questioned whether or not Conor McGregor was reaching to try to get in the head of Dustin Poirier,” Cormier said on the ‘DC & RC’ show on ESPN. “(To) Reach back to a time where he had a trash talk that could affect people. It didn’t seem to work against Poirier and I feel like from him talking about Dustin’s wife, to now Khabib’s father, he is just taking it way too far.
“When you’re dealing with death and covid and all these other things that we’ve dealt with over the last year and a half, that’s all off-limits.”
“We talked about wives and families being off-limits, but you’re talking about a man’s ‘everything’,” Cormier continued. “Khabib’s dad was his ‘everything’ and you’re talking about him being gone today due to something that has been so terrible for our entire world, and you use that in a sense to get back?”
Cormier reveals that he was so concerned about the level that McGregor had stooped to with his Twitter post that he actually contacted his training partner Khabib directly to see how he was coping.
“This wasn’t done the day after the fight or the same night of the fight,” Cormier said. “This was done weeks after the fight, so it feels like it was thought of and it was thought through for Conor to tweet something like that. Now, I get shock value and I get trying to get people to talk, but (this was) way too far, to the point I immediately called Khabib last night and said, ‘Hey, are you okay?’”
In the end, aside from complete distain for McGregor’s actions and bemusement regarding the fact that some fans will condone his behavior, DC has been left questioning whether the Irish superstar is ok too.
“Honestly, when Conor does stuff like that, it’s hard to understand how there’s this mass amount of people that support that type of behavior,” Cormier said.
“I think when stuff like that is being said, I think it’s a cry for help.”