Those who were hoping the Conor McGregor vs. WWE feud would die already are going to be waiting a bit longer, as “The Notorious” one spoke more about the company and some of its’ talent during his official UFC 202 Media Day Q&A.
The WWE Superstar that McGregor seemed to zero in on the most was John Cena, the top star of the promotion for well over ten years. When he was asked about his recent beef with WWE, McGregor brought up Cena and immediately started firing shots at the popular wrestling star.
“What’s the main guy? John Cena. He’s 40. He’s 40 years of age. He’s walking around in a luminous orange t-shirt and a headband talking about nobody can see him. We can see him right there. He’s a big fat, 40-year-old failed Mr. Olympia mother f*cker.”
When McGregor made his initial remarks towards WWE and some of their talent, referring to them as “messed up p*ssies,” among those who were quick to fire back at the UFC star was WWE Hall Of Famer “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair.
Flair, who took most of his persona and overall act from Buddy Rogers, a legend who preceded him in the pro wrestling business, posted a tweet where he criticized McGregor for stealing his brash, trash-talking rich guy gimmick. In response to “Naitch,” McGregor simply pointed out the fact that what he does for a living is real, so he couldn’t possibly be a gimmick.
“I don’t know what to say to Ric Flair. This ain’t no gimmick. This is the real sh*t. I’ve gotta get in and fight a man for real. With no script, with no nothing. He was talking about bringing some other wrestler guys out to challenge me. Come bring it, then. This is the real shit over here. You know want to come over, we can fight no problem. A few of them are talking about the street and all. If they want to do that, come at me and see what happens.”
As the WWE-related talk continued, McGregor reiterated a point he made during the aforementioned UFC 202 media call regarding the fact that he has respect for some WWE figures, specifically naming the same group of people he did the first time around — WWE Chairman Vince McMahon and along with Hulk Hogan, arguably two of the biggest stars in the history of the company — “Stone Cold” Steve Austin and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. This time, strangely enough, he added Ric Flair’s name to the list of WWE stars he does like.
“Like I said, no disrespect to the dons of the game, the McMahons. [WWE CEO Vince McMahon] is a f*cking legend. They wrote Vinny off a few years ago when he dropped from the billions and then he rose back up and now he’s back in the billionaire club. What he’s been able to do with that bunch of dweebs he has over there at the moment has been phenomenal and I respect him for that. And then of course the OGs of the game, The Rock, Stone Cold, they’re cool mother f*ckers. Even Ric Flair is a cool mother f*cker.”
As far as everyone not named McMahon, Austin, Rock or Flair, McGregor tried to elaborate on his issue with them, but didn’t really have anything specific to support his “dweeb” or previous “messed up p*ssies” claims.
“I’m just speaking the truth. That new age of those guys are absolute dweebs. They just seem messed up in the head. I don’t know what it is. When I listen to them talk, when I listen to them carry themselves, they just don”t seem right in the head. That might have been a bit rudeness for me to say, but again: It ain’t trash talk, it’s truth talk.”
In closing, McGregor pointed out his ability to get the top stars from multiple sports and entertainment companies to focus their time and energy on him, something that clearly just helps broaden the awareness level of himself and the sport of MMA in general.
“I’ve got them all wrapped up on my little finger. The boxing game, the MMA game. Now I’ve got those wrestling dweebs in here as well. I’ve got the whole sh*t locked up.”
Conor McGregor will look to avenge his first and thus far only defeat inside the Octagon when he meets Nate Diaz in an immediate 170-pound rematch in the main event of next Saturday’s UFC 202 pay-per-view.
UFC 202: Diaz vs. McGregor 2 takes place on Saturday, August 20, 2016 from the new T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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H/T to MMAFighting.com for transcribing the above Conor McGregor quotes from Friday’s UFC 202 Media Day Q&A event in Las Vegas, Nevada.