Hated, loved, never ignored.
It’s a phrase that aptly sums up Conor Mcgregor’s colorful career in the UFC, which has been marred by as much controversy as it has been successful inside the Octagon.
Even out of action, ‘The Notorious’ is rarely absent from the headlines.
However, one thing he can never be accused of is not selling fights, and the 33-year-old has become famous for his savage scolding of other fighters.
Some have sparked laughter and hilarity, others have arguably been vulgar and overstepped the mark, but few have failed to annoy rivals.
Here, Daily Star Sport looks at five of his most memorable taunts, if not all for the right reasons.
In August 2014, a bout between McGregor and German fighter Siver was widely touted.
However, Siver was suspended at the time after failing a drug test following his victory over Manvel Gamburyan, and when asked what he thought of a possible match with the star. , Mcgregor was scathing about a fighter about three inches shorter than himself.
“What I think of Dennis Siver is that he’s a dwarf German who takes steroids,” he said.
In January 2015, McGregor duly did his part for bigger, more life-like fighters by stopping Siver in the second round to claim a victory via TKO.
McGregor has never hesitated to speak out about other cultures.
And of the many insults he has hurled at Brazilian Jose Aldo over the years, it was his commitment to preparing for their fight in December 2015 that was the most damning.
Aldo had a tough upbringing in his homeland and spoke often about the fighting culture that prevailed in the streets, as well as having to go days without food when he was young. However, his Irish rival had no problem referring to poverty in Brazil when he said: time, so I’m going to shout a ** at him. “
A favela, for those wondering, is a type of slum in Brazil that has seen historic government neglect.
In this case, McGregor was able to “push”. his a ** ‘in a slightly longer time than it took him to let go of the above taunt, knocking out his opponent in 13 seconds to win the UFC Featherweight Championship.
Nate Diaz and Frankie Edgar
You could probably write a book about the insults McGregor sent to Nate Diaz, and several chapters would be devoted to financial mockery.
The pair have fought twice in the UFC, scoring 1-1, and a final trilogy fight is widely anticipated.
And McGregor, who was ranked as the highest-paid athlete in the world by Forbes in 2021, relentlessly goaded his bitter rival about his seemingly lower net worth.
It wasn’t any more obvious after the Dubliner was named “Fighter of the Year” at the 2015 Fighters Only World MMA Awards.
McGregor couldn’t be in Las Vegas to accept the honor. team, led by the son of the King of Bahrain.
“I heard that Nate Diaz couldn’t even afford the flight to Las Vegas for the ceremony. Frankie Edgar – Heard he was dressed like a little sheikh servant or something like I heard him struggling to gain a few pounds. “
Indeed, McGregor’s net worth makes it very difficult for other fighters to trade him money insults.
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Of all the nasty exchanges McGregor has had, it’s his Twitter comment that seems to mock Khabib Nurmagomedov on the death of his father which is surely his most unpleasant.
While the Russian fighter was still active, he and McGregor found themselves embroiled in a hateful rivalry, and there were ugly scenes as a result of Khabib beating him for the UFC lightweight championship. in October 2018.
The resentment continued long after that, and after McGregor’s loss in his last fight with Dustin Poirier, in which he broke his leg, Khabib was quick to tweet “Good always beats bad” .
McGregor, recklessly, chose to respond by referring Khabib’s father, who died after contracting Covid-19.
“Covid is good and father is bad?” “
The tweet was later deleted, a trend for McGregor these days, but not before being criticized for his vile involvement.
So while Abdelaziz cannot be categorized as one of McGregor’s actual fighting rivals, he has recently been the subject of one of his most vicious online attacks.
The Egyptian, who manages several current UFC stars and still takes care of Khabib’s affairs, was angry when McGregor opened up about his now infamous bus attack on Twitter.
The incident, in April 2018, saw McGregor arrested and charged by police after throwing metal objects at the window of a bus carrying several UFC fighters, including the Russian.
An ugly back-and-forth took place, in which McGregor posted an image from a Google search relating to inbreeding in Dagestan, where Khabib is from.
Abdelaziz replied: “It’s gone again insulting people, nation and religion, it’s not funny, my dream to see you in person”, only for the Irishman to retaliate with “I hate you my brother . When you die, I party.
As with the previous example, McGregor quickly deleted his rude comment. As with the previous examples, it initially received a deluge of criticism.