Conor McGregor has turned into what he once condemned: a bully and a stinker
The Irishmans tiresome number is doing more to destroy the UFCs hard-won credibility than any stomach-turning fraca or failed doping test
Watching Conor McGregor racing through the loading dock at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center on Thursday, hurling dollies at a bus like some crazy-eyed goon, I could have been 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 action. The UFC has worked for years to combat this image, with brain safety and doping mandates that helped attract a corporate buyer and extended McCain to reconsider his opinion.
” The MMA cleaned up their play, they certainly did ,” McCain told me in 2016.” When it first started they were able to do things that are now proscribed. I don’t have a problem with the MMA .”
Now the UFC’s biggest name, their stellar who burst into the mainstream, property on publication coverings, pulling numerous to a athletic they’d never might have never considered, has been charged with assault and criminal mischief. One of these counts is a crime. And it does far more than any vicious fraca or miscarried drugging measure to destroy the credibility the UFC has built in recent years. The videos of the organization’s most visible soldier raging across concrete hallways, hurling trash bin, project to the world an epitome that confirms McCain’s original impression.
What does it say about the UFC when the only fighter to hold names in two of its divisions at once starts acting a common hoodlum?
Two years ago, back when he still arose off as ingeniou, McGregor formerly sat in a pre-fight press conference with Nate Diaz and did Diaz had” a bully attitude “. He then teased Diaz’s mentors- some of whom are MMA royalty- as “bums.” As he said this, McGregor wore a fine plaid dres. He examined elegant. And even though he brawled with Diaz on theatre, he still originated off as regal, the fighter with an eerie ability to describe exactly how he would triumph his battles. For this he became known as” Mystic Mac “.
But there was nothing occult or mystical about the man howling through Barclays with a posse of sycophants, scampering from insurance, flinging anything not bolted down at a bus fitted with other fighters. 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 gathered from Saturday’s UFC 233 placard. McGregor arrived off as the very things he formerly condemned: a bully and a bum.
Maybe, in a way, this was some kind of extravagant engage publicity. The real target of McGregor’s ire was supposedly Khabib Nurmagomedov, the rising lightweight star whose fighting against Max Holloway on Saturday night was for the region McGregor was deprived of for not opposing in the UFC since November 2016. McGregor was once a master of promotion, structure hysteria for his fights with sacrilegiou harangues.
What happened Thursday was no deft blow of promotional genius. McGregor’s act has grown tiresome in recent months as his starring has peaked and he nearly seems to have developed a compulsion to be flagrant. He gazed dowdy and obnoxious in his pre-fight tour with Floyd Mayweather before their struggle last year and in dragging his mob of hangers-on to charge a bus under an realm two days before a big campaign night was stupid. There’s no honor in get “re under arrest for” potentially detrimental the careers of other boxers. McGregor, a guy obsessed 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 fightings on Saturday’s card. When Holloway was declared medically incompetent to campaign on Friday morning, the UFC was left with a eggshell of an happen.
” This is the last stunt on clay that we’d ever pull ,” White told ESPN .” This is humiliating for the boast and plainly for the UFC. This is the farthest stuff from a stunt. This is bad.
Times have changed. This isn’t the old-time anything-goes UFC. The occupation White and others did to polish the organization’s epitome resulted in a$ 4bn sale to WME-IMG. The modern UFC is not the renegade UFC. They are a huge corporate entity desperate to appeal to the mainstream. What McGregor did on Thursday might glean a knowing smile from a fight follower who will shrug the whole situation off an integrated part of “fighting”. But it doesn’t appeal to the broader nature that puts parties like McGregor and former girl idol Ronda Rousey on periodical coverings and television commercial-grades.
” It’s out of attribute for Conor McGregor and any of my fighters ,” White said in his ESPN interview, gazing shaken by whatever happens.” Listen, crazy situations is true in sports . … In the history of the UFC, this is definitely the worst thing that’s happened. This is no longer Conor McGregor. This is no longer the Conor McGregor that I know .”
UFC administrations have been annoyed with McGregor ever since he knocked out Jose Aldo in 13 seconds back in UFC 194. The prevail propelled McGregor to brand-new renown, seeing him virtually bigger than the organization himself- something he employed to become increasing more difficult to control. They put up with his action because, for a hour, it became them coin.
But this time McGregor spanned a line. White is right, the McGregor of recent months, the McGregor on Thursday, was nothing like the person who is grew the UFC’s greatest star. He has to make a choice now. Does he want to be a champion or a bully and a bum, throwing it all away to shed trashcans at bus?