It turns out UFC superstar Conor McGregor isn’t the biggest fan of professional wrestling.
‘The Notorious’ had some harsh words for WWE stars making the switch to mixed martial arts and even found the time to throw a bit of shade at Brock Lesnar. A bold strategy.
McGregor made the comments as he appeared on the UFC 2o2 conference call last night to promote his upcoming main event rematch against Nate Diaz, who stunningly defeated him back in March at UFC 196.
When asked if he would continue the WWE/UFC cross promotion following Lesnar’s victory over Mark Hunt at UFC 200, McGregor responded:
For the most part, those WWE guys are pussies, to be honest. They’re messed up pussies, if you ask me.
Fair play to Brock (Lesnar), he got in and fought, but at the end of the day he was juiced up to the fucking eye balls, so how can I respect that?
Former UFC and WWE heavyweight champ Lesnar is currently facing sanctions from both USADA (the UFC’s anti-doping partner) and the Nevada Athletic Commission after failing two drug tests before his fight with Hunt.
But, despite his reservations about WWE guys making the career switch to the UFC, McGregor refused to rule out stepping into a pro-wrestling ring himself in the future, and pointed to some WWE names who he does respect.
I mean, there are some dons in that wrestling game. The McMahon’s? They’re dons. Triple H is a don, The Rock is a don, but the rest of them are fucking pussies. I happen to enjoy it (WWE), but that’s a little more show business. This is the fight business.
Hmmm, Stone Cold Steve Austin and his broken neck called, Conor.
Elsewhere on the call, Conor discussed his gameplan for fighting Nate Diaz this time around, insisting he won’t do anything different:
This time, I’m still going to march forward, I’m still going to press him. I’m still going to bust him but there’s going to be a lot more in the tank and I’m going to be a lot more prepared for a man that can stay in there with me.
If I was to make a prediction, and I will right now, I believe I will repay the favor and KO him inside the second round.
McGregor also sensationally claimed that he would have beaten Rafael dos Anjos if they’d fought at UFC 196, as originally planned, and believes he should be a two-division UFC champion right now:
Realistically I should be a two-weight UFC world champion. If I fought Rafael dos Anjos, if he didn’t pussy out of that last one and showed up, the shots I cracked Nate with in the first eight minutes would’ve KO’d Rafael dos Anjos stiff. That’s no question.
I would be sitting here right now as a two-weight world champion. But I don’t dwell on that. I am happy that this happened, because it forced me to look at my preparation, look at the route I was going. It forced me to reassess.
But make no mistake, this one means a hell of a lot to me. This one means more than any amount of gold or money combined.
Strong words as ever from the outspoken McGregor. Let’s hope he can back it all up inside the Octagon when he faces Nate Diaz for the second time at UFC 202 on August 20.