Conor McGregor has turned into what he formerly condemned: a bully and a tramp
The Irishmans tiresome behave 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, shedding dollies at a bus like some crazy-eyed goon, I could only think of John McCain.
It was the US senator who years ago condemned the UFC as ” human cockfighting “, appending a label of lawlessness on mixed martial art that pushed them into the angles 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 purchaser and produced McCain to reconsider his opinion.
” The MMA cleaned up their play, they genuinely did ,” McCain told me in 2016.” When it first started they were able to do happenings that are now vetoed. I don’t have a problem with the MMA .”
Now the UFC’s biggest name, their hotshot who burst into the mainstream, territory on periodical clothes, tempting 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 skirmish or neglected doping measure to destroy the credibility the UFC has built in recent years. The videos of the organization’s most visible soldier feelings across concrete passageways, hurling trash can, project to the world an image 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 behaving a common hoodlum?
Two years ago, back when he still attained off as cunning, McGregor once sat in a pre-fight press conference with Nate Diaz and remarked Diaz had” a bully attitude “. He then scorned Diaz’s mentors- some of whom are MMA royalty- as “bums.” As he said this, McGregor wore a fine plaid suit. He seemed elegant. And even though he squabbled with Diaz on theatre, he still arrived off as regal, the fighter with an eerie ability to describe exactly how he would win his fights. For this he became known as” Mystic Mac “.
But there was nothing mystic or supernatural about the three men howling through Barclays with a posse of sycophants, scampering from defence, flinging anything not bolted down at a bus fitted with other soldiers. When he threw the dolly through the bus window, he allegedly injured lightweight fighter Michael Chiesa and flyweight Ray Borg enough that both were plucked from Saturday’s UFC 233 card. McGregor emanated off as the very things he formerly criticized: a bully and a bum.
Maybe, in a manner that is, this was some kind of extravagant crusade promotion. The real target of McGregor’s ire was supposedly Khabib Nurmagomedov, the rising lightweight starring whose fighting against Max Holloway on Saturday night was for the loop McGregor was deprived of for not contending in the UFC since November 2016. McGregor was once a master of promotion, structure hysteria for his contends with pervert denunciations.
What happened Thursday was no masterful stroking of promotional genius. McGregor’s act has grown monotonous in recent months as his star has peaked and he virtually seems to have developed a compulsion to be flagrant. He gazed 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 accusation a bus under an realm two days before a big fight darknes was stupid. There’s no honor in going arrested for potentially damaging the careers of other soldiers. McGregor, a guy haunted with coin, should realize 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 battles on Saturday’s card. When Holloway was declared medically incapable to campaign on Friday morning, the UFC was left with a eggshell of an event.
” This is the last stunt on globe that we’d ever pull ,” White told ESPN .” This is flustering for the boast and obviously for the UFC. This is the furthest situation from a stunt. This is bad.
Times have changed. This isn’t the old-fashioned anything-goes UFC. The production White and others did to polish the organization’s likenes 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 reap a knowing smile from a fight fan who are capable of shrug the whole concept off an integrated part of “fighting”. But it doesn’t appeal to the broader world that puts beings like McGregor and former female stellar Ronda Rousey on publication cross and television commercial-grades.
” It’s out of reputation for Conor McGregor and any of my fighters ,” White said in his ESPN interview, seeming shaken by what happened.” Listen, crazy stuffs happen in athletics . … In the history of the UFC, this is definitely the worst thing that’s happened. This is no longer Conor McGregor. This is not the Conor McGregor that I know .”
UFC administrations ought to have frustrated with McGregor ever since he knocked out Jose Aldo in 13 seconds back in UFC 194. The prevail propelled McGregor to new prominence, clearing him virtually bigger than the organization himself- something he manipulated to become increasing more difficult to control. They put up with his action because, for a duration, it drew them money.
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 option now. Does he want to be a champion or a bully and a tramp, throwing it all away to shed trashcans at buses?