You may have heard that last week, former UFC featherweight and lightweight champion Conor McGregor allegedly attacked a bus, causing a huge ruckus ahead of UFC 223 that ended up removing three fights from the event. The event was so bad it prompted Dana White to call it the “most disgusting thing to ever happen in UFC history.” While that may be hyperbolic, most are in agreement that McGregor’s actions were entirely out of bounds. Take UFC lightweight contender Kevin Lee, for instance.
Lee has been trying to position himself for a fight with McGregor since his failed interim title bid last October, and in a pair of recent interviews, Lee went off on McGregor, saying he’s acting out because he’s not tough enough to actually fight the guys who are competing at the top of the division.
”Real recognize real,” Lee told Helen Yee. “It’s childish, it’s immature, it’s all of the above. I think Dana put it best, it’s just disgusting. He’s taking from other people’s careers too and he doesn’t even really understand what he’s doing. I think a lot of that is just frustration. I think the man knows he’s not the real champ. He knows he’s getting out-shined by all these guys and he just wants that press. he wants to prove that he’s tough, when we can see right through the bulls**t. You ain’t that tough. No matter how big you want to scream and shout, you’re just not that tough. If you were tough enough you’d sign that line and fight somebody. To show up, do all that big hoopla, you know you weren’t gonna get anything from it except some bad publicity.”
McGregor got more than bad publicity. The former champion was arrested and is currently facing multiple charges stemming from the attack. He will also likely be sued by one or more parties who were injured during the melee, not so mention how his sponsors will feel about the incident. At the end of the day, Lee says, McGregor’s “cokehead” antics were a bad choice that just don’t make any sense.
“I think you have to blame the media for blowing the dude’s head up and him feeling that his s*** don’t stink and all this,” Lee told MMAWeekly. “I think a lot of what you see is frustration. I think he knows he ain’t been the champ for a while and he didn’t know what else to do. He’s acting like a child and it’s retarded. Ya know, I ain’t going to give that cokehead too much press.”
“I think Conor wants to be this gangster and he wants to be this thug, but he ain’t really from there, ya know. I got in this game to get away from that, to get away from having to do s*** like that. It seems he is trying to get there and then going back to where I came from. It’s backwards to me and it doesn’t really make sense. You can tell the man don’t really know what he’s doing because when you have that type of money, you ain’t supposed to throw s***. He’s supposed to be somewhere holding up a newspaper in front of a camera, ‘I ain’t nowhere near the scene, but somebody will get touched!’ That whole situation is laughable to somebody like me.”
Despite his harsh words for McGregor though, Lee says he wishes nothing but the best for “Notorious” because at the end of the day, he would like the chance to fight with him.
“It’s dangerous to start drinking that Kool-Aid. Like I said, I think the man truly knows he’s not the real champ and he doesn’t stack up well against us big three: Khabib, Tony, and me. He’s gonna lose to all three of us. Then you have the fact that the man’s not a real gangster. He might have grown up poor but they were like, working class, they ain’t really from the streets. He wants to be from the streets so bad.
“[But] I wish him nothing but the best. I hope nothing bad on the man. I wish him the best, I wish he could turn it around. I’m looking to make some money with him.”
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So this is a beef that happened over the weekend and was just escalated.
@TysonGriffin my dream was to be sponsored by Nike as a high school wrestler, became an adult and made it happen. Even had my own sneaker which sold out within a day.— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) April 7, 2018
@TysonGriffin What ever happened with your Nike deal, I don’t remember. I’ll wait...— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) April 7, 2018
@TysonGriffin You can tell by the tone of your tweet that you’re happy Connor may be losing his deal. Disguise yourself as an MMA coach or a MMA personality, I just see a bitter bitch who’s the size of my dick— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) April 7, 2018
Thanks for the hate aka love @JonnyBones we are all one my brother. Just keep trying to be a better role model and focus on being a “Great Champion” No one is perfect but winning and money isn’t everything. You have taught me that— Tyson Griffin (@TysonGriffin) April 10, 2018
I may have took a jab @TheNotoriousMMA during his rampage but just like that man tried to steal the spotlight @JonnyBones is trying to make this all about him and apparently it’s too soon to joke about his nike deal.— Tyson Griffin (@TysonGriffin) April 10, 2018
@TysonGriffin It’s hilarious that you reposted our private messages, I meant every word I said. At first I thought your hatred was DC related but now I’m starting to think you are just an envious little bastard.— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) April 10, 2018
@TysonGriffin At the end of the day, I’m not going to lie, it’s pretty fun shitting on you. Just because I’m the bigger man doesn’t mean I have to sit back be quiet and listen to your cyber attack.— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) April 10, 2018
@TysonGriffin hope this has gained you a few more followers. I’m sure you were reply to my last message. Be quiet for a while and come out with more hatred in a few more months. It’s your pattern. You’re cute, my little pet— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) April 10, 2018
@TysonGriffin last thing, don’t call me brother. My brothers are over 6 feet and champions... Hitting me with that soft shit after getting verbally body bagged. Stop throwing tomatoes from the sidelines bro, you’re whack— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) April 10, 2018
Khabib is insane.
The lack of professionalism in our "sport" encourages this type of behavior out of some MMA fans. For @PaigeVanzantUFC to speak on something such as this and make herself vulnerable to past scars shows a great deal of bravery. https://t.co/AXKYTI6DCm— Will Brooks (@ILLxWillBrooks) April 10, 2018
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Nono, first then@you can fight@who ever, But I need some taste of platinum!!!— Emil Valhalla Meek (@emilvalhalla) April 10, 2018
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