Following Conor McGregor’s TKO loss against Dustin Poirier last night, plenty of people had something to say about, including a couple of ‘The Notorious’ Irish superstar’s biggest rivals.
“This is what happened, when you change your team, leave the sparring partners who made you a champion and sparring with little kids, far away from reality,” lightweight champion Nurmagomedov stated on social media, taking a dig at light-hearted ‘sparring’ footage McGregor had posted during fight week of him sparring with his son.
Needless to say, McGregor wasn’t pleased with the verbal jab and suggested it was an indication of Khabib showing his true colors.
““My team has been the team since day one, I’ve not changed any team. It is what it is,” McGregor said during his post-fight interview. “Respect the athletes. And that’s the character of the man, for sure. Behind the mask. What’s he wanna do? Does he wanna come back or no? ‘Cause he’s not throwing no leg kicks.
“If he wants to have his disrespectful comments, come back and let’s go again, my man. I’m here for it. That’s fighting talk. If you’re coming back, come back. You try and do it.”
Meanwhile, Floyd Mayweather Jr. was also taking a swipe at McGregor as well as brooding over the MMA superstar’s popularity.
“I seen this post and my take on it is that the world knows Con Artist McLoser can steal everything from me and be loved but I’m hated,” Mayweather wrote in response to a fan asking why the boxer isn’t as well liked as McGregor. “That just lets you all know that racism still exists. Just know, that bum will never be me or be on my level. I’m just built different, my mindset is on another planet, my skills are second to none, I’m a natural-born winner and yes I talk a lot of trash, but every time I back it up! This is what they hate.
“It’s sad that you can be a poor black kid from the ghetto that has dealt with racism your whole life and work extremely hard to put yourself and your family in a better position, and most of the hate comes from my own people.”
“Connor (sic) cannot even win in his own sport. But talking about coming back to boxing to fight Pacquiao. Nobody wants to see that, it’s like my leftovers eating leftovers.”
Meanwhile, Dana White has predicted two ways that McGregor might react to the loss.
“I think it’ll make him hungry,” White said at the post-fight presser. “I think it will make him hungrier. There’s two ways this goes: hungrier or, ‘I’m done.’
“He’s got the money. When you think about it, I’m a huge ‘Rocky’ fan. This feels like ‘Rocky 3,’” White said. “When you get off a 310-foot yacht, you know what I mean? You’re living that good life.
“It’s tough to be a savage when you’re living like he lives and has the money like he has. On his way up, he was a young, hungry kid, and he didn’t have any money and he wanted nice things. He wanted nice suits, nice cars, nice houses. He has everything he ever wanted. I don’t know. It goes this way or that way.”