Conor McGregor has turned into what he once denounced: a bully and a bum
The Irishmans tiresome number is doing more to destroy the UFCs hard-won credibility than any stomach-turning riot or miscarried drugging test
Watching Conor McGregor racing through the loading dock at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center on Thursday, shedding dollies at a bus like some crazy-eyed rowdy, I could only think of John McCain.
It was the US senator who years ago denounced the UFC as ” human cockfighting “, affixing a label of lawlessness on mixed martial arts that pushed them into the areas of what was considered acceptable adult behaviour. The UFC has worked for years to combat this image, with brain safety and doping mandates that helped attract a corporate buyer and resulted McCain to reconsider his opinion.
” The MMA cleaned up their routine, they actually did ,” McCain told me in 2016.” When it firstly started they are capable of do things that are now vetoed. I don’t have a problem with the MMA .”
Now the UFC’s biggest name, their ace who burst into the mainstream, property on magazine comprises, seducing numerous to a play they’d never might have never considered, has been charged with assault and criminal misbehaviour. One of these countings is a trespas. And it does far more than any brutal skirmish or failed drugging research to destroy the credibility the UFC has built in recent years. The videos of the organization’s most visible boxer raging across concrete hallways, hurling trash bin, project to the world an likenes that establishes McCain’s original impression.
What does it say about the UFC when the only fighter to hold entitlements in two of its divisions at once starts acting a common hoodlum?
Two years ago, back when he still came off as inventive, McGregor formerly sat in a pre-fight press conference with Nate Diaz and said Diaz had” a bully mentality “. He then scorned Diaz’s mentors- some of one of which is MMA royalty- as “bums.” As he said this, McGregor wore a fine plaid suit. He examined handsome. And even though he struggled with Diaz on stage, he still came off as regal, the fighter with an uncanny ability to describe exactly how he would prevail his engages. For this he became known as” Mystic Mac “.
But there was nothing mystic or mystical about “the mens” shrieking through Barclays with a posse of sycophants, scampering from security, flinging anything not bolted down at a bus fitted with other boxers. When he threw the dolly through the bus space, he allegedly injured lightweight boxer Michael Chiesa and flyweight Ray Borg enough that the two are attracted from Saturday’s UFC 233 card. McGregor came off as the very things he once criticized: a bully and a bum.
Maybe, in a way, this was some kind of extravagant fight promotion. The real target of McGregor’s ire was presumably Khabib Nurmagomedov, the rising lightweight star whose fighting against Max Holloway on Saturday night was for the region McGregor was stripped of for not crusading in the UFC since November 2016. McGregor was once a master of promotion, structure hysteria for his contends with profane denunciations.
What happened Thursday was no masterful apoplexy of promotional genius. McGregor’s act has grown tiresome in recent months as his whiz has peaked and he virtually seems to have developed a compulsion to be unconscionable. He appeared seedy and objectionable in his pre-fight tour with Floyd Mayweather before their fight last year and in dragging his gang of hangers-on to cost a bus under an arena 2 day before a big combat darknes was stupid. There’s no honor in going “re under arrest for” potentially detrimental the careers of other boxers. McGregor, a soul preoccupied with money, should understand that. With Chiesa and Borg’s withdrawls and UFC president Dana White’s removal of Artem Lobov( who was with McGregor on Thursday ), he may have cost the UFC three campaigns on Saturday’s card. When Holloway was declared medically unfit to combat on Friday morning, the UFC was left with a shell of an occasion.
” This is the last stunt on earth that we’d ever pull ,” White told ESPN .” This is embarrassing for the athletic and apparently for the UFC. This is the furthest stuff from a stunt. This is bad.
Times have changed. This isn’t the old-fashioned anything-goes UFC. The study White and others did to polish the organization’s portrait resulted in a$ 4bn auction to WME-IMG. The modern UFC is not the turncoat UFC. They are a huge corporate entity desperate to appeal to the mainstream. What McGregor did on Thursday might draw a knowing smile from a fight fan which is able to shrug the whole occasion off a part of “fighting”. But it doesn’t appeal to the broader nature that applies parties like McGregor and former female hotshot Ronda Rousey on periodical includes and television commercial-grades.
” It’s out of reputation for Conor McGregor and any of my boxers ,” White said in his ESPN interview, appearing shaken by what happened.” Listen, crazy situations happen in boasts . … In the history of the UFC, this is definitely the worst event that’s happened. This is not Conor McGregor. “Thats just not” the Conor McGregor that I know .”
UFC managers have been annoyed with McGregor ever since he knocked out Jose Aldo in 13 seconds back in UFC 194. The win propelled McGregor to new reputation, reaching him nearly big than the organization himself- something he employed to become increasing more difficult to control. They put up with his action because, for a epoch, it established them money.
But this time McGregor bridged a line. White is right, the McGregor of recent months, the McGregor on Thursday, was nothing like the one who became the UFC’s greatest star. He has to make a option now. Does he want to be a champion or a bully and a skunk, throwing it all away to hurl trashcans at buses?