Conor McGregor’s Top 10 Most Controversial Moments

UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor’s larger-than-life personality has played a major role in helping him rise to fame and fortune on a scale never seen before in MMA, but it’s also led to a series of highly contentious flashpoints during his five-year stint in the UFC. In this article, we’ll count down McGregor’s top 10 […]

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UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor’s larger-than-life personality has played a major role in helping him rise to fame and fortune on a scale never seen before in MMA, but it’s also led to a series of highly contentious flashpoints during his five-year stint in the UFC.

In this article, we’ll count down McGregor’s top 10 most controversial moments, and in the process demonstrate how he has the perfect nickname for a fighter, given that he seems to be becoming more “Notorious” with each passing day.

No. 10: Homophobic Slur in Poland

McGregor showed up to cheer on his teammate Artem Lobov at UFC Fight Night 118 in Gdansk, Poland back in October, and was soon making headlines for all the wrong reasons.

The lightweight champion cut an animated figure during Lobov’s fight with Andre Fili, pacing around the Octagon and yelling instructions to his team-mate, causing such a commotion in the process that referee John Goddard took the unprecedented step of momentarily stopping the fight to order the Irishman back to his seat.

McGregor obliged, but backstage after the fight, the cameras were rolling as he was overheard repeatedly calling Fili a “f**g*t” while consoling the defeated Lobov – a slur that would soon go viral amid accusations of homophobia.

Whether a coincidence or not, McGregor’s media appearances to promote his new ‘Notorious’ documentary were drastically scaled back after this incident, though he did issue a public apology during an interview on The Late, Late Show just a few days later.

“I’m human, I slip up, I say stupid things every damn day. All I can (do) is hold my hand up and apologise if anyone was offended,” McGregor said on the Irish chat show.

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Video: Watch The New Conor McGregor vs. Paulie Malignaggi Sparring Footage

If you were ready to move on from Conor McGregor and Paulie Malignaggi’s cringe-worthy rivalry from earlier this year, well, too bad. The dust-up began when McGregor brought the retired former boxing champion in to help him get ready for his farcical boxing match with legendary champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. this August. When rumors and posted […]

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If you were ready to move on from Conor McGregor and Paulie Malignaggi’s cringe-worthy rivalry from earlier this year, well, too bad.

The dust-up began when McGregor brought the retired former boxing champion in to help him get ready for his farcical boxing match with legendary champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. this August. When rumors and posted photos arose of McGregor supposedly knocking Malignaggi down in training, the prideful boxer responded with a list of intentional disadvantages McGregor’s camp had supposedly dealt him.

It all spiraled into a massive spectacle, one that swelled to the point McGregor’s “rivalry” with “Money” actually taking a back seat in the fight’s promotion outside of the draining world tour. The Irish MMA superstar’s beef with Malignaggi reached a crescendo when Dana White released a brief video of McGregor supposedly knocking Malignaggi down, after which the boxer predictably tried to score a massive payday of his own versus McGregor in a boxing ring.

That ship has largely sailed, thankfully, but more footage of the infamous sparring session has been released on the new Conor McGregor: Notorious documentary following the UFC star’s life. Check out the unreleased footage via Fancy Combat on YouTube here:

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Manny Pacquiao Tells Conor McGregor to ‘Stay Fit in 2018’

Filipino boxing legend Manny Pacquaio has stopped somewhat short of a call-out of Conor McGregor, favoring a diplomatic yet cryptic approach compared to others Pacquiao combined a “Happy Thanksgiving” message with a playful and suggestive n…

Filipino boxing legend Manny Pacquaio has stopped somewhat short of a call-out of Conor McGregor, favoring a diplomatic yet cryptic approach compared to others Pacquiao combined a “Happy Thanksgiving” message with a playful and suggestive nod to taking on “The Notorious” in 2018 in a “real boxing match”. McGregor has been the subject of a […]

Report: ‘Malignaggi Claims a Conor McGregor Bout Done & Dusted for April’

Paulie Malignaggi believes a boxing bout with UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor is a done deal, according to BBC boxing pundit Steve Bunce McGregor’s last appearance in a competitive capacity came in his loss to boxing living legend Floyd M…

Paulie Malignaggi believes a boxing bout with UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor is a done deal, according to BBC boxing pundit Steve Bunce McGregor’s last appearance in a competitive capacity came in his loss to boxing living legend Floyd Mayweather Jr. in August. In the lead up to that bout, Conor McGregor recruited former two-time […]

Would A Nate Diaz Title Shot Do More Harm Than Good?

Yesterday (Tues., November 14, 2017) amidst a sea of Conor McGregor-Bellator 187 news, the mixed martial arts world was forced to shift its focus to the prospect of a potential return by UFC fan favorite Nate Diaz, who was rumored to be training for a comeback, possibly against Tony Ferguson and possibly even facing welterweight […]

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Yesterday (Tues., November 14, 2017) amidst a sea of Conor McGregor-Bellator 187 news, the mixed martial arts world was forced to shift its focus to the prospect of a potential return by UFC fan favorite Nate Diaz, who was rumored to be training for a comeback, possibly against Tony Ferguson and possibly even facing welterweight champion Tyron Woodley at December’s UFC 219.

And then today Woodley acknowledged he would return early from an injury suffered at UFC 214 to fight Diaz at UFC 219 if the chance arose.

If you’re thinking this fight is an odd one, you’re right; however, we shouldn’t really be surprised by anything the UFC does during a rollercoaster 2017 where new(ish) owners Endeavor continue to show they’re more about booking the fight they think might make a ton of money rather than the one that makes sense in terms of actual fighting skill and merit, the main tenets the UFC is built – or at least claims to be built – on.

To put Diaz’ body of work in Woodley’s welterweight division in context, the normal lightweight has a 3-3 record at 170 pounds, with wins over McGregor, Rory Markham, and Marcus Davis, and losses to McGregor, Rory MacDonald, and Dong Hyun Kim. It’s far from the resumé of a title challenger in one of (perhaps the) most stacked landscapes in the UFC, but Diaz is a draw because of historic rivalry with McGregor in 2016, and Endeavor needs a big draw to hopefully put up some big numbers to close what has otherwise been a disastrous year on PPV outside of Mayweather vs. McGregor and Jones vs. Cormier II.

So Diaz is a draw because he beat McGregor, the current UFC lightweight and former featherweight champion at 170 pounds, and that has potentially earned him a title shot at welterweight against a champion who has, ironically enough, been calling for a fight with Nate’s older brother Nick from the very minute he won the belt. In a way – mostly financial – the fight makes sense for all three involved parties. Woodley can get his coveted payday fight, Diaz can prove, or at least attempt to, that he can draw without McGregor, and the promotion might have somewhat of a smash on their hands – at least in terms of this year’s low standards.

But there’s a far seedier underbelly present to signing the bout, and it’s the continued erosion of the overall spirit of MMA – that the UFC is the cream of the crop where the best fighters fight the best challengers to decide who is truly at the top of the mountain. Obviously, that strategy has been thrown out the window in many ways this year, and thus far, the results have been mixed if we’re being incredibly kind.

Many hardcore fans will blast this fight for its lack of merit as they call for McGregor to defend his title against the next rightful contender, interim champ Tony Ferguson. Casual fans will tune in to this fight to see Diaz largely because of his history with McGregor, that much is true. It’s going to come down to a matter of if the UFC is willing to risk their once-revered reputation of pitting the best against the best just one week after MMA fighter-turned-Oklahoma Congressman MarkWayne Mullin questioned (or rather, grilled) UFC exec Marc Ratner on how the UFC has some extreme questions and inconsistencies in how they book their champions.

Woodley vs. Diaz would be big, yet would it be big enough to continue what is essentially amounting to spitting on the legitimacy of MMA’s face?

What if Diaz somehow won? Then he could defend his 170-belt against McGregor in their long-rumored trilogy bout that is more of a foregone conclusion than anything else, lending McGregor a chance to win an unprecedented third title without fighting a legitimate contender in the division, much like he did at lightweight.

Now I’ve answered my own question, and that fight, which they’re understandably hoping for, would have a chance to be the biggest fight in MMA history in terms of overall numbers.

Welcome to today’s MMA climate, ladies and gentlemen, where dollars are valued over everything even if a fight may not make sense. I guess it shouldn’t be a surprise.

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Tyron Woodley Reacts To Nate Diaz UFC 219 Rumors

Leave it to Tyron Woodley to stoke the fires of his now-potential fight versus Nate Diaz at December 30’s UFC 219 from Las Vegas. The year-ending pay-per-view (PPV) event currently stands without a main event six weeks away from taking place, and rumors arose yesterday that Diaz was back in training camp and would face […]

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Leave it to Tyron Woodley to stoke the fires of his now-potential fight versus Nate Diaz at December 30’s UFC 219 from Las Vegas.

The year-ending pay-per-view (PPV) event currently stands without a main event six weeks away from taking place, and rumors arose yesterday that Diaz was back in training camp and would face the welterweight champion in the card’s headlining bout.

“The Chosen One,” who has been calling out for a true “money fight” ever since he won the belt from Robbie Lawler in July 2016, is currently on the sidelines nursing a shoulder injury suffered in his title defense over Demian Maia at July’s UFC 214.

But the prospect of a bout with a Diaz brother looms large; so much so that Woodley revealed to ESPN with a quick quote today (Wed., November 15, 2017) that he would be willing to come back sooner than expected from the injury to face Diaz at UFC 219:

“If Nate wants to go UFC 219, I’m ready.”

Woodley had previously called for a bout with Nate’s older, larger brother Nick, but with that fight having little-to-no chance of happening, it looks like “The Chosen One” will take the next best thing – and perhaps an even bigger name.

The youngest Diaz has been out of action since his close majority decision loss to UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor at UFC 202 in August 2016 and appeared to be holding out for a highly lucrative trilogy match, something that appeared to be close to coming true for “The Notorious’” return to action.

But with McGregor causing a stir and facing potential sanctions due to his highly-publicized Bellator 187 melee in addition to most fans calling for him to face interim 155-pound champion Tony Ferguson next, that fight has lost a ton of heat in recent weeks.

Diaz’ reported request for an outlandish payday may not have helped, either. With that said, it’s tough to envision the UFC coming up with a number that would bring him back to fight Woodley. Maybe they will, but the crunch is on to book a true headliner-worthy main event for UFC 219, and the fight, although high on name value, would only further the criticism the UFC has gained for booking title fights that have little or no merit attached.

What are your thoughts on the potential booking?

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