Conor McGregor has turned into what he once denounced: a bully and a hobo
The Irishmans tiresome deed is doing more to destroy the UFCs hard-won credibility than any stomach-turning fraca or failed doping test
Watching Conor McGregor hastening through the loading dock at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center on Thursday, shedding dollies at a bus like some crazy-eyed rowdy, I was only able to think of John McCain.
It was the US senator who years ago condemned the UFC as ” human cockfighting “, affixing a label of lawlessness on motley martial art that pushed them into the recess 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 led McCain to reconsider his opinion.
” The MMA cleaned up their number, they certainly did ,” McCain told me in 2016.” When it first started they were able to do things that are now prohibited. I don’t have a problem with the MMA .”
Now the UFC’s biggest name, their whiz who burst into the mainstream, territory on periodical cross, pulling many to a play they’d never might have never considered, has been charged with assault and criminal misbehaviour. One of these weighs is a transgression. And it does far more than any bloody fraca or failed doping measure to destroy the credibility the UFC has built in recent years. The videos of the organization’s most visible fighter raging across concrete corridors, hurling trash bin, project to the world an portrait that approves McCain’s original impression.
What does it say about the UFC when the only fighter to hold names in two of the statistics division at once starts acting a common hoodlum?
Two years ago, back when he still came off as cunning, McGregor once sat in a pre-fight news conference with Nate Diaz and said Diaz had” a bully mentality “. He then mocked Diaz’s mentors- some of whom are MMA royalty- as “bums.” As he said this, McGregor wore a fine plaid clothing. He examined sumptuous. And even though he squabbled with Diaz on stagecoach, he still came off as regal, the fighter with an eerie ability to describe exactly how he would acquire his opposes. For this he became known as” Mystic Mac “.
But there was nothing occult or mystical about “the mens” shrieking through Barclays with a posse of flatterers, scampering from security, flinging anything not bolted down at a bus fitted with other fighters. When he threw the dolly through the bus window, he allegedly injured lightweight soldier Michael Chiesa and flyweight Ray Borg enough that both were gathered from Saturday’s UFC 233 poster. McGregor came off as the very things he once denounced: a bully and a bum.
Maybe, in a manner that is, this was some kind of extravagant oppose advertising. The real target of McGregor’s ire was supposedly Khabib Nurmagomedov, the rising lightweight idol whose fighting against Max Holloway on Saturday night was for the loop McGregor was deprived of for not fighting in the UFC since November 2016. McGregor was once a master of hype, build hysteria for his battles with profane tirades.
What happened Thursday was no masterful apoplexy of promotional genius. McGregor’s act has grown tiresome in recent months as his starring has peaked and he virtually seems to have developed a compulsion to be flagrant. He examined tacky and hateful in his pre-fight tour with Floyd Mayweather before their fight last year and in dragging his mob of hangers-on to attack a bus under an arena two days before a big combat night was stupid. There’s no honor in going arrested for potentially damaging the careers of other fighters. McGregor, a guy preoccupied with coin, 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 contends on Saturday’s card. When Holloway was declared medically unfit to oppose on Friday morning, the UFC was left with a shell of an occasion.
” This is the last stunt on clay that we’d ever pull ,” White told ESPN .” This is humiliating for the athletic and apparently for the UFC. This is the furthest thought from a stunt. This is bad.
Times have changed. This isn’t the old-time anything-goes UFC. The drive White and others did to polish the organization’s likenes resulted in a$ 4bn auction to WME-IMG. The modern UFC is not the deserter UFC. They are a huge corporate entity desperate to appeal to the mainstream. What McGregor did on Thursday might outline a knowing smile from a fight devotee which is able to shrug the whole circumstance off an integrated part of “fighting”. But it doesn’t appeal to the broader world-wide that employs parties like McGregor and former girl whiz Ronda Rousey on periodical encompass and television commercials.
” It’s out of persona for Conor McGregor and any of my soldiers ,” White said in his ESPN interview, seeming shaken by what happened.” Listen, crazy situations happen in plays . … In its own history of the UFC, this is definitely the worst event that’s happened. “Thats just not” Conor McGregor. This is not the Conor McGregor that I know .”
UFC managers ought to have annoyed with McGregor ever since he knocked out Jose Aldo in 13 seconds back in UFC 194. The win propelled McGregor to new renown, obligating him nearly big than the organization himself- something he employed to become increasing more difficult to control. They put up with his behaviour because, for a epoch, it realise them fund.
But this time McGregor swept a line. White is right, the McGregor of recent months, the McGregor on Thursday, was nothing like the person who is became the UFC’s greatest star. He has to make a selection now. Does he want to be a endorse or a bully and a skunk, throwing it all away to throw trashcans at buses?