The Old Conor Is Back

McGregor shares his thoughts on Twitter.

Jim Rome
May 12, 2020 - 9:22 am
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Did you have thoughts coming out of UFC 249? Because Conor McGregor did. And yesterday, he reached for his phone and thumbed every last one of them. 

Remember all the talk in recent months about how Conor was a new man? He had a new purpose. He wasn’t punching old men, running dollies through busses, and saying abhorrent stuff about his rivals?

Yeah, well, you can put that New Conor on hold for a minute because the Old Conor jumped on Twitter and he went off. And he was coming for everyone. Dude was racing all over the place, jumping everyone’s bleep. No one was safe. Remember when initially, he said, he wasn’t down for fighting in an empty arena, without fans? Well, that’s out.  Apparently, after watching UFC 249, he’s ready to crack skulls with or without anyone in attendance, quote: 'The fans make the sport! Watching the other night I was against going in without them. But it will be my bleeping pleasure to display the power I possess with zero background noise for them. It’s me and Justin next as Khabib is the biggest bottle fighter in the game. Guarantee it.'

There’s a lot there. Not only will he fight in an empty arena, he’s all but announcing his next fight; and it’s going to be against Justin Gaethje. I’m sure that will be interesting news to Dana White. Then again, that’s exactly the type of tweet you’d expect from a guy who refers to himself as a partner in the business.

While the rest of the world know that Gaethje, who just had a performance for the ages and is now the holder of the interim lightweight belt is in line for a shot at the undisputed champ, Khabib, apparently, Conor has other plans; for himself; and for Gaethje and Khabib and dana.  Ask Conor and it’s just a matter of where, when, and how much he’s going to get paid.  But don’t worry about any of that: Conor will have his people work out all the details.

Yep. Old Conor is back. And back with a vengeance. 

But he wasn’t done. Far from it. He also had thoughts about Tony Ferguson. Some positive, some not so positive. 'I love Tony. We represented him amazingly at Paradigm sports and were betrayed for a promise of a baseball contract. But frame and preparation here was just embarrassing. His methods and conversation are humorous/enjoyable but he was never the level perceived. Although tough.'

That tweet is a helluva ride onto itself. The condensed version is: I love Tony. But he was embarrassing on Saturday night. He’s humorous, but he’s not nearly as good as everyone made him. But damn, he can eat a lot of punches.

And Conor wasn’t done analyzing the division and setting up fights. For people who are wondering what’s going to happen next in the sport’s best division, he has your answers, quote: 'It is Dustin/Tony next when Tony heals. If he does. Dustin will beat him also if changes are not made. Which they won’t. Dustin, although game, and in the mix, will be fed to the floor again. Couple wins here/there then folded in half. Rinse and repeat - Dustin career.'

In other words….Gaethje isn’t fighting Khabib to unify the belt, he’s fighting me.  Because I said so. Dustin and Tony will fight and Dustin will win if Tony doesn’t change, and he won’t. Dustin is game, but he’s going to be “fed to the floor” again. And he sucks.

And then he shifts to addressing Gaethje to let him know why he’s not going to fight Khabib, quote, 'Justin, there is no danger in a man that hugs legs, we all know. Try and dance around what the real threat is here all you want. I am going to bleeping butcher you. Your teeth. I’m going to put them on a bleeping necklace. Speak on my skills as a father? You are bleeping dead.'

Conor saying Conor things; like I’ll rip your teeth out of your head, and rock them in a necklace around my neck.  Check that: teeth on a bleeping necklace.  Again, the new and improved Conor is dead: the old one has been resurrected.  And when he says tells Gaethje is he bleeping dead, it seems to be a response to a tweet from Gaethje in September when Gaethje called Conor a “bleep human, father and husband."

And then, because he simply cannot resist, Conor had to take it to an even darker place in his rant at Gaethje.

Don’t ever say you represent the great nation of the United States of America ever again. No true American would speak so highly of, or allow, a convicted member of a Jihadi terror cell represent them. Never Forget! You are a bleeping blind fool, and I am going to finish the job.

That is the Old Conor and not in a good way. Not at all.  When he goes there, that’s; not an old friend you like to see. That feels like a return to the bad old days. And there was more.

Because after he’d gone through the third and second ranked contender, and hit the interim champ, he wanted to make sure he got to the actual champ. You know, the guy who beat him.

Because there is no way that Conor is getting on Twitter and not taking a run at the guy who handed him his last loss. 

'Khabib you absolute embarrassment. Scurrying, hiding rat as usual. As I have said many times. As has been seen many times. Through the pane of glass it was confirmed what was always known. “No comment” lol. An embarrassment to real fighting.'

While that is nowhere near the worst stuff that Conor has said about Khabib, it is a really bad reminder of the bad old days. And getting anywhere close to that is not a good thing at all.

Talk junk, sure. And few guys do it better than Conor. But he’s also gone over the line repeatedly in the buildup to his fights with Floyd and Khabib. And. Yes, there is a line. And when that happens, it’s not cool. It’s not funny. 

And he still wasn’t done. He had two more tweets. And the way he was going, that was going to be trouble. Because it sure felt like we were about to witness a guy walking up to the line and then stomping all over it.

But thankfully, they weren’t directed at anyone. They didn’t get political. They weren’t about attacking guys’ faith and religion. They were about his plans.

'After this division demolition job. It is 170lbs.'

And then he came back a few hours later to tweet:

'See you in July with an Irish flag, a shamrock, and an American flag'

So that would seem to be Conor announcing that when he’s done beating up everyone at 155, he’ll move up to 170. And he’s planning to start that mission in July.

Those were your announcements. The New Conor is taking a breather. The Old Conor is back with vengeance. And he wants to fight in July. Bottom line: the sports can not only survive but thrive without Conor McGregor. It’s proven that: but he’s arguably still the sport’s biggest star and as long as he’s not punching old dudes in the face, running dollies through buses and saying abhorrent stuff about his rivals, the game is better when he’s motivated, focused and in the cage doing what he does best. And I have no problem with him walking the line, even stepping over it on occasion: it’s when the guy comes off the rails completely that there’s a real issue. I know this. 

But there is no way that Conor tweets the type of noise he did yesterday and nobody responds. Because there was a response. One of the guys he called out fired back and it was a hammer job.