Conor McGregor has turned into what he formerly criticized: a bully and a stinker
The Irishmans tiresome routine is doing more to destroy the UFCs hard-won credibility than any stomach-turning riot or neglected doping 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 hooligan, I could have been think of John McCain.
It was the US senator who years ago condemned the UFC as ” human cockfighting “, affixing a label of lawlessness on mixed martial arts that pushed them into the angles of what was considered acceptable adult behavior. The UFC has worked for years to combat this image, with brain safety and drugging mandates that helped attract a corporate buyer and passed McCain to reconsider his opinion.
” The MMA cleaned up their number, they really did ,” McCain told me in 2016.” When it firstly started they are capable of do events that are now proscribed. I don’t have a problem with the MMA .”
Now the UFC’s biggest name, their superstar who burst into the mainstream, property on publication embraces, pulling many to a boast they’d never might have never considered, has been charged with assault and criminal misbehaviour. One of these weighs is a crime. And it does far more than any vicious 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 storming across concrete passageways, hurling trash barrel, project to the world an persona that approves McCain’s original impression.
What does it say about the UFC when the only fighter to hold claims in two of its divisions at once starts playing a common hoodlum?
Two years ago, back when he still attained off as ingeniou, McGregor once sat in a pre-fight press conference with Nate Diaz and responded Diaz had” a bully mentality “. He then taunted Diaz’s mentors- some of whom are MMA royalty- as “bums.” As he said this, McGregor wore a fine plaid clothing. He looked tasteful. And even though he tussled with Diaz on theatre, he still rose off as regal, the fighter with an eerie ability to describe exactly how he would prevail his campaigns. For this he became known as” Mystic Mac “.
But there was nothing occult or mystical about the three men shrieking through Barclays with a posse of sycophants, scampering from insurance, flinging anything not bolted down at a bus fitted with other soldiers. When he hurled the dolly through the bus opening, he supposedly injured lightweight fighter Michael Chiesa and flyweight Ray Borg enough that the two are drew from Saturday’s UFC 233 placard. McGregor rose off as the very things he formerly condemned: a bully and a bum.
Maybe, in a manner that is, this was some kind of extravagant contend advertisement. The real target of McGregor’s ire was supposedly Khabib Nurmagomedov, the rising lightweight stellar whose fighting against Max Holloway on Saturday night was for the loop McGregor was stripped of for not crusading in the UFC since November 2016. McGregor was once a master of hype, construct hysteria for his battles with sacrilegiou harangues.
What happened Thursday was no skillful apoplexy of promotional genius. McGregor’s act has grown tedious in recent months as his virtuoso has peaked and he nearly seems to have developed a compulsion to be extravagant. He examined dowdy and objectionable in his pre-fight tour with Floyd Mayweather before their struggle last year and in dragging his mob of hangers-on to indict a bus under an arena two days before a big fighting darknes was stupid. There’s no honor in getting arrested for potentially detrimental the careers of other fighters. McGregor, a person 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 expensed the UFC three opposes on Saturday’s card. When Holloway was declared medically incapable to push on Friday morning, the UFC was left with a eggshell of an contest.
” This is the last stunt on world that we’d ever pull ,” White told ESPN .” This is humiliating for the play and clearly for the UFC. This is the furthest circumstance from a stunt. This is bad.
Times have changed. This isn’t the old-fashioned anything-goes UFC. The project White and others did to polish the organization’s portrait resulted in a$ 4bn marketing 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 describe a knowing smile from a fight follower who will shrug the whole happening off a part of “fighting”. But it doesn’t appeal to the broader world that applies people like McGregor and former female star Ronda Rousey on magazine deals and television commercial-grades.
” It’s out of character for Conor McGregor and any of my soldiers ,” White said in his ESPN interview, ogling shaken by what happened.” Listen, crazy acts happen in sports . … In the history of the UFC, this is definitely the worst thing that’s happened. This is not Conor McGregor. This is no longer 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 prevail propelled McGregor to new glory, obligating him virtually big than the organization himself- something he manipulated to become increasing more difficult to control. They put up with his behavior because, for a occasion, it established them fund.
But this time McGregor intersected 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 selection now. Does he want to be a champion or a bully and a skunk, throwing it all away to shed trashcans at bus?