Les Carpenter: The nimble wit that helped launch the adept of the Irishman was a distant recollection when he faced off with Eddie Alvarez at Thursdays UFC 205 press conference
There was a time not very long ago when a Conor McGregor news conference was still something committing. Now, as his notoriety has boomed and his look reigns the sides of constructs, he has become a caricature of his worst soul: a serviceman searching tending, devoid of matters of substance that once manufactured him fun.
During Thursdays press conference for UFC 205, perhaps the biggest contending establish ever, McGregor wore a grey skin hair he said was mink, stomped around in crimson pajama gasps and accommodated a blue-blooded folding chair high above his head, threatening to bang it on the skull of his resist Eddie Alvarez. This follows other bogus pre-fight dust-ups including Augusts plastic bottle-throwing incidentwith Nate Diaz that earned him a $75,000 fine from the Nevada Athletic Commission.
It was a plotted bit straight from the WWE playbook of outrageous theatrics and it seemed so below McGregors agile brain. Lead were all the color Mystic Mac descriptions of an opponents miss that extended him to prophesy exactly what would is true in the ring. Superseding them were the childish taunts of a gentleman who sounds most motivated to ruffle the delirium of favorable mob who shriek whenever he employs fuck multiple times in a convict. Hes become little McGregor the ingeniou and more Diaz, the foil of early 2016 who never could coincide McGregors dazzling needling and responded in kind with sixth-grade insults.
On Thursday we were left with this exchange between McGregor, Alvarez and UFC president Dana White when a reporter asks what McGregor had intended to do with the chair.
Not a fucking concept! Alvarez shouted.
Pound it on his fucking head, McGregor retorted.
Chair fires would be very bad, White said.
The reporter then asked if the whole concept had been contrived.
Neither fighter greeted. White blushed, shook his head slightly and chuckled.
McGregor used to be entertaining on these days. There is no doubting his brilliant knowledge or his knack for shifting texts into amazing images. It was only a few months ago that he tore into Diaz before UFC 196 announcing Diaz a scared little son. On that day he aimed his assault by telling the flabbergasted Diaz: Youre like a gazelle, all bunched up together, said he hopes that you get spared. Im a lion in there and Im going to eat you alive. Your little gazelle pals are going to be staring through the enclosure, looking at you get your carcass ingesting alive and they can do nothing All they will do is speak: Were not going to cross this creek again.
This time he gave his bold projection for the Alvarez fight.
Im going to rearrange his face. he said.
It was just the most imaginative remark, the type of act you would expect from almost anyone but McGregor. But it seems the sort of oral sparring he prefers these days as his call goes up in lights and more commas are tacked upon his payouts. Its as if he has decided the charming jousts arent worth his time and wont suffice as the kind of cherry-red meat his growing devotee base craves as they howl for any kind of prove , no matter how cheap or low.
Suck these large-hearted Irish dances, he twice yelled to Alvarez on Thursday.
Back before he fought Diaz the first time, McGregor felt he was becoming bigger than the UFC. He showed the organizations glossy pre-fight products to be stale and were of the view that Las Vegas has grown old as venue for his contends. Not long after he lost to Diaz in UFC 196, he announced his retirement, refused to promote fightings and toyed with a bout against Floyd Mayweather. While he came back to perform gallantly in a bright win over Diaz in Augusts UFC 202, he seems to have lost the adroitness that attained him a exuberance to be around. Replacing it is a bully act thats very common for a boy who has become MMA royalty.
When he was good on Thursday, he was great. There succeeded, in the press conference, a few moments when he talked about how he had learned something about himself in the Diaz fightings, how he had not properly prepared for UFC 196 and paid for when Diaz coerced him to confess by tapping out. He is doing something momentous by actually attempting to triumph the lightweight deed while also holding onto the featherweight belt after the two welterweight pushes against Diaz.
He is the biggest piece of the UFCs biggest prove ever. His presence in their first New York event is a must and the five other featured soldiers at Thursdays press conference had to know the day would be about him. But he persisted his old gambit of picturing up late before contributing what is becoming too familiar a turn: an overblown vaudeville number. This time it was the overdone grabbing of Alvarezs lightweight loop and targeting it beside his own on the dais. This led to Alvarez chasing after McGregor which led to the chair and the whole circumstance just experienced fraudulent.
Surely this isnt the real Conor McGregor we see now.
Hopefully he comes back soon.
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