The last couple of months have not been great for Conor McGregor from a professional standpoint. At UFC 264, McGregor lost to Dustin Poirier for the second time in a row when he broke his leg in gruesome fashion. As opposed to handling the setback with his trademark humility, the former champ-champ immediately broke out into a deranged rant, claiming he was handily beating up Poirier prior to the break (two judges scored the round a 10-8 for Poirier) and making deplorable statements about Poirier’s family, including threatening to kill Poirier and his wife “in your sleep.” Things have not gotten better since.
Following his outburst while sitting broken in the octagon, McGregor has entered a cyclical pattern of Tweeting something terrible about someone and then deleting that Tweet. First, he doubled down on his post-fight rant, claiming he’s “a nasty dude” and appearing to threaten Poirier and his family again. McGregor followed that up by making a deplorable statement about Khabib’s Nurmagomedov’s deceased father and then starting a feud with Khabib’s close friend Daniel Cormier.
So with all the regrettable things McGregor has used social media for recently, it was a nice change of pace when earlier today, “Notorious” took part in a small Q&A session on Twitter with his fans. McGregor opened the Q&A by answering the question most fans are curious about, saying that his recovery from the leg break is going well and he’ll be back next year.
Let’s go. #asknotorious— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) August 16, 2021
2022. I’m improving rapidly! Working with the best team money can buy!— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) August 16, 2021
I’ll be back in no time, lock loaded! https://t.co/uqDKEk3XtF
McGregor also discussed what his return will look like and appears to be of two minds. At one point, McGregor suggested his return could be at 170 pounds but at another says he’s returning to a title shot. Either way, it seems clear that McGregor certainly believes he will fight again at 170 in the future.
The scale. https://t.co/99BFiaj67O— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) August 16, 2021
Quite possible, yes. https://t.co/riZLFwHTox— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) August 16, 2021
Possibly. The leg tho will be more than equipped to kick. I am billi walking straight to a title shot on my return and it sickens the bums of this business. Which is the real reason these constant disrespectful comments come by way. God bless them. https://t.co/IEWhjVRmj8— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) August 16, 2021
Tremendous! I love this record! I fight for the 170lb title I will spark him too.— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) August 16, 2021
That would be fastest ko in ufc title fight (13 seconds)
Most knockdowns in ufc title fight (5)
And then another KO in a ufc title fight.
3 title fights. 3 ko’s. 3 new records.
It’s right there! https://t.co/80iI59klPN
McGregor also spoke on his feud with Cormier, holding his position and also taking a shot at Cormier’s occasional broadcast partner, Michael Bisping, who recently suggested that McGregor should ease back on his statements about DC given that Cormier is substantially larger than McGregor.
I understand the business fully. It’s when it’s covered solely one sided is the issue. That is not professionalism. That is moms basement. Dc hooks a tripod/camera up the box room of his house. It’s garbage. https://t.co/Vfh2D0w9pp— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) August 16, 2021
Bisping is a nobody on Sirius xm. Rushed back to competition after being dropped/strangled and then gets shotgun slept by gastelums left hand. Devastating. Even though I collect commission on all his fights, I still said to the team to pull the gast fight. I knew it was coming. https://t.co/EUMjh2VmxS— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) August 16, 2021
But hey, 100k! 50k off the top of each fight. I used to say “yoink” every time it hit the account.— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) August 16, 2021
And as with any McGregor event, there was no shortage of celebration of his family, MMA accomplishments, and business success.
That kid of mine is going to do whatever he wants in this world. I will support him all the way tho whatever he chooses! I feel he will do it tho. I feel his younger brother Rían will also. Interesting times ahead. I will be happy just as long as they are happy. https://t.co/uKwwO2f2ah— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) August 16, 2021
My beautiful mother, now in her beautiful mansion. https://t.co/5B0rqzg9CR— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) August 16, 2021
Enough to not give a fuck. https://t.co/rBc9CYgSUu— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) August 16, 2021
I’m not rich. I’m independently wealthy. And its fuckin awesome! https://t.co/Tt7dkenBWn— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) August 16, 2021
My business was one of the few that grew in this time. We specialize in off premise (supermarkets, off licenses etc) and when every thing closed they didn’t and business boomed. It’s how/why I was able to give so much back. I felt it my duty to supply and support the hospitals! https://t.co/cs4RaxnVO2— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) August 16, 2021
My deltoids were well equipped. I’ve broke peoples faces with them. @McGregorFast https://t.co/fQOTptFpP5— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) August 16, 2021
Double consecutive unified ufc champion!— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) August 16, 2021
Only me and Amanda done it. https://t.co/LkCUIlzPZC
McGregor closed out the Q&A with an old staple: the promise to headline a stadium show in Ireland. McGregor has wanted to headline a show at Dublin’s Croke Park for years, and ahead of his first title shot against Jose Aldo, UFC President Dana White said they would make it happen for McGregor’s first title defense. That promise has proven more difficult to fulfill though but McGregor, it seems, still has faith it will happen in the future. That will obviously have to wait awhile though as McGregor will be sidelined until next year with his injury and even following that, the continuing COVID-19 pandemic may play hell with the UFC’s ability to promote special location fight cards.
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Realization. Sean O’Malley reacts to matchmaking criticism, says he gets ‘paid the same’ no matter who he fights.
Legacy. Jose Aldo uninterested in ‘humiliating’ MMA vs. YouTubers matches: ‘I can’t wrap my head around that’.
PFL lightweight and welterweight highlights.
Luque still looking at Nate Diaz.
Paul vs. Woodley: All Access.
Doctor discusses Chris Weidman’s second surgery.
Arnold Allen doing a 10,000 calorie challenge. His dad steals the show.
On To The Next One. Matchmaking after Bellator 264, PFL 7, and fan questions.
Severe MMA. Discussing Bellator 264, PFL 7, and MMA judging.
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The best thing from Conor’s Q&A was him talking about the infamous Bus Attack, even if maybe he didn’t realize it.
The art of ambush. It is what the McGregor clan where known/feared most for. Ambush! Our motto is “ard choile” which means “to the high wood”. It is where we came down from from, the high woods, and where we returned to when the enemy was no more. Outnumbered but never outsmarted https://t.co/s98EKlfZTQ— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) August 16, 2021
Let’s do it pic.twitter.com/4wnNvquUcq— GILBERT BURNS DURINHO (@GilbertDurinho) August 15, 2021
Louis Smolka wrote a choose your own adventure. You should read it.
McGregor wins a @ufc fight with a titanium shin bone, ushering in a new era of body modified bio-engineered robot fighters who flock to McGregors own company #McManufacturing and capitalizing on the promotion and takes the company public, capitalizing on the growing trend of 1/2 https://t.co/vY52qEEh4f— Louis Smolka (@LASTSAMURAIUFC) August 15, 2021
2/2 bio engineering and in 2077 overtakes jeff bezoz for the worlds richest man positioning himself for supervillain status. Who could stop him? Why none other than…— Louis Smolka (@LASTSAMURAIUFC) August 15, 2021
Read all the replies for different story arcs please. Please retweet and I will keep writing the one that gets more votes or maybe add titanium jaw RDA https://t.co/53eXQ7LR7z— Louis Smolka (@LASTSAMURAIUFC) August 15, 2021
Did I eat to much watermelon? Good job @TMarretaMMA . I will be back in octagon 2022 pic.twitter.com/iPygToHwMO— Yana Kunitskaya (@YanaKunitskaya1) August 15, 2021
— Thiago Marreta (@TMarretaMMA) August 15, 2021
The two best fighters in the world.
Yoel Romero (13-5) vs. Phil Davis (22-6); Bellator 266, Sep. 18.
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