- More prominent people in MMA are criticizing Conor McGregor for his behavior of late.
- McGregor has issued death threats and even targeted Dustin Poirier’s family in his trash talk.
- Firas Zahabi, a respected MMA coach, called on McGregor’s friends to stage an intervention.
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McGregor tried to start a fight before their match when he threw a kick at his lightweight rival Dustin Poirier during a weigh-in event, made crude comments about Poirier’s wife, and said the American would leave the arena on a stretcher.
After five minutes of fighting on Saturday, July 10, Poirier hit McGregor with 36 of his 66 significant strikes (55%), and won the round – and the bout – when McGregor couldn’t continue because of a broken leg.
Moments later, McGregor delivered a wild, disturbing, and frenzied rant before he was the one to be stretchered out of the arena and taken to a hospital in Los Angeles for nearly four-hour-long surgery.
During the rant, McGregor was heard issuing death threats to both Poirier and his wife, which Poirier called “disgusting.”
The UFC commentator and former lightweight fighter Paul Felder told the “UFC Round Up” show recently that he understands MMA is “violent,” and that: “We’re supposed to beat the crap out of each other, knock each other out.”
However, he also stressed: “It’s not about murder. It’s not about your family. Leave those things out of your mouth, or get the hell out of the Octagon. I never want to see you again.”
One of the world’s most respected MMA coaches, Firas Zahabi, expressed a similar statement on the Tristar Gym YouTube channel.
“If [McGregor] has a single true friend in this world, that true friend is going to take him behind closed doors and tell him, ‘Look, the way you’re behaving, it’s stupid. ‘You’re making yourself look bad. You’re embarrassing us, your family, your friends’
“It’s just a humiliating way for a true martial artist, a warrior, to behave,” Zahabi, who has coached Georges St. Pierre and Rory MacDonald, said.
Days after UFC 264 had finished, McGregor embarked on a Twitter tirade in which he posted a photograph of Poirier and his daughter, alongside cryptic posts that said: “I’m a dangerous man,” “Gonezo,” and “I’m a nasty dude I promise you.”
He has since deleted these tweets, according to MMA Junkie.
Zahabi referenced this, and said that if anybody else on the UFC roster was going after people’s children, then there would be calls to kick that athlete out of the promotion.
“But because it’s Conor McGregor, you can’t say that. ‘It’s Conor McGregor, he’s the poster boy, he’s the one who sells all the tickets.’ No! There’s no pass for that.”
He later added: “I don’t know how you guys can be fans of this man. I respect him as a fighter. I respect his skills, I can’t deny that, but the way he behaved at the press conference was just horrible.
“Whatever beef you have there, you can’t take it and start threatening to kill each other and then start threatening each other’s children, team members and whatnot,” Zahabi added.
“That’s just animal behavior.
“Then to say what he said about Poirier’s wife? It’s disgusting. He’s so angry and jealous of Poirier. He will say and do anything to try and insult Poirier, try to take away this moment off Poirier.
“Listen, Poirier has beaten you, he’s a better fighter than you. He will be remembered as a better fighter than you.”
While Poirier positions himself into a UFC title shot, McGregor continues his recovery from his broken leg.