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4 minutes ago, Marshmallo said:

Just listened to it all. I cannot believe this is the same guy who was so articulate, confident and witty just a couple of years ago. He's slurring and stuttering his way through mad rambles. He sounds punchy and the drugs have wrecked him.

Absolutely this. I've heard all of the excuses, the broken foot business, the calls for a rematch etc, none of that was news - it's the way he's delivering these lines like somebody who's recovering from a stroke which is the most eye-opening. I'm not naive enough to ignore that most of his "trash talk" is probably being fed to him beforehand in line format whenever he's up for an interview, or a press conference, but his delivery and tone here is all over the show. When he was up on stage, he was hardly spouting verses of Shakespeare, but his delivery and his punchiness and his confidence was always there, and made him stood out. 

Here though, like Marshmallo says, he's going off on absolute minute long tangents without even stopping to breathe, sounding absolutely frantic. There's no wit, no humour, no charm whatsoever about him. He comes off like an absolute shell of a man. I wouldn't be arsed now if he took his whiskey money and fucked off.

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I don't think he sounds punchy there. He sounds like a cokehead. He reminds me of some of my old friends who still do a bunch of the stuff and they've not had a line that day yet. Rambling, woe is me, I'm gonna fix things with the missus etc.

 

Its a long way, as others here have said from the guy who used to turn press conferences on their head and have the whole room hanging on his every word.

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To me he sounds like someone awkwardly dancing around the fact he punched some old(er) guy in a bar. He wants to publicly apologize without actually saying he did it.

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True. For all the rambling he’s done, I’m yet to hear him actually say the word ‘sorry’. I finally watched parts of the interview earlier and found it hard to sit through. He’s got plenty to say when it comes to reeling off excuses for Khabib ragdolling him but he was stuttering like fuck when talking about hitting the old man. He says he made amends for it at the time but I’m sure the guy has since said that nothing of the sort happened. There’s still people jumping to Conor’s defence since the ‘apology’ interview came out, and not just his worshippers either. I saw Matt Brown kind of defending him and acting like people were being too harsh on him or something. But I think it’s plain as day to see that he’s only done this interview as a PR move because he realised people were turning on him big time. You can talk your way out of so much when you’re a star like McGregor but when there’s video evidence of you punching an old man who’s just sitting there minding his own business, you can’t polish that turd. There’s no defence for it. It’s hilarious to me how some still want to find a way to justify it with the ‘I wonder what the guy said to McGregor’ shite. Because it can’t possibly be that McGregor is just a massive cunt. He’s usually so chilled out, isn’t he? The man must’ve done something to provoke him. 

Like David, I do hope this is a wakeup call to McGregor and he sorts himself out now. For his kids’ sakes mainly but you don’t want to see anyone spiral out of control and fuck their life up. But my days of being a fan of him are long gone and I’ll be rooting for his opponents whoever he fights going forward. 

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13 hours ago, wandshogun09 said:

McGregor but when there’s video evidence of you punching an old man who’s just sitting there minding his own business, you can’t polish that turd. There’s no defence for it. It’s hilarious to me how some still want to find a way to justify it with the ‘I wonder what the guy said to McGregor’ shite. Because it can’t possibly be that McGregor is just a massive cunt. He’s usually so chilled out, isn’t he? The man must’ve done something to provoke him.

Apparently, all the old man did was decline a shot of his whiskey.

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"I don't want to drink that s***, I don't want your drink"

 

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For some reason, I opted to listen to the entire McGregor/Helwani interview while cooking the other night.

You knew it was going to be complete bollocks as soon as Conor tried to claim this was the first time Helwani had contacted his team for an interview since the aftermath of the Khabib fight. Such a blatant lie which set the tone for the rest of it.

It was good of him to confirm that he was, in fact, IN THE WRONG when he (a professional fighter in his athletic prime) sucker punched a middle aged man in a pub though. It would be nice to say that everyone already knew that but we've all seen the deranged McGregor sycophants on twitter.

Genuinely amazing the way he tries to summarise the Khabib fight. We all saw it Conor m8. You got dominated, dropped and submitted. How many excuses do you need? Your camp was too geared towards defense, you took it too seriously in the gym, you weren't living right outside the gym, Khabib ran away, your foot was a balloon etc. It reminded me of inspirational fitness instagram maniacs who post a clip of them doing a lift and the caption is like "Not bad considering I haven't done this movement in six months. Plus I am coming off an injury and I am on low carbs at the moment and I was feeling quite tired at the time and had recently suffered a massive bereavement..."

In the past, I had referred to McGregor as "the master of the press conference". There was quite a few of his fights where I didn't feel particularly hyped until the press conference where he would turn it on and all of a sudden it was a cant miss fight that would be gigantic on PPV. Now whenever he shows up I just think "oh fuck off and stop talking bollocks you sad little prick"

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So, McGregor vs Gaethje? Who would like to see that? I know I would. I actually think that if we seen the Conor who fought Eddie Alvarez (I know that's a big if these days) that he could potentially make Gaethje look rather silly and beat him within two rounds.

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That’s the fight to make yeah. Khabib vs Ferguson and McGregor vs Gaethje would be ideal. If McGregor wins that and Khabib beats Ferguson then fine, feed him to Khabib and be done with it.

If Ferguson beats Khabib though it gets interesting. Because you’d think someone as dominant as Khabib would be almost a cert for an immediate rematch if he loses the belt. But if they’ve got McGregor coming off a win they probably opt for a Ferguson vs McGregor title fight. It’d be a good problem to have, I suppose. No shortage of options. 

But sod all of that. And fuck the business reasons. If McGregor vs Gaethje happens I hope Gaethje catches him and fucking flattens the twat. 

Bonus picture of Conor ‘Family Guy’ McGregor. Look at the face...

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13 hours ago, David said:

So, McGregor vs Gaethje? Who would like to see that? I know I would. I actually think that if we seen the Conor who fought Eddie Alvarez (I know that's a big if these days) that he could potentially make Gaethje look rather silly and beat him within two rounds.

I really wanna see Khabib/Gaethje eventually but whilst the Ferguson/Khabib thing gets sorted this is the next best thing. My instant reaction is to think Gaethje walks McGregor down and ends up stopping him, but taking some damage along the way. Thats exactly how i thought Alvarez would beat McGregor but that was the best example of how Conor's laser accuracy and power can put anyone anyway. 

This has to happen.

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I don't think I'm up for seeing McGregor fight again any more. Not unless he cleans himself up and stops being such a fucking skid. His current behaviour doesn't just make him annoying, it also kills my interest in his actual fighting, because I just can't imagine he'll be competitive at the level he's previously operated at. Right now, I just don't reckon he'll be much of a challenge for Ferguson, Nurmagomedov, Cerrone, or even Gaethje, partly because of what I envision his form to be like, and partly because that laser-like, near-psychotic focus he had before has clearly been badly blunted by his preference to be the Escobar Kid.

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It's easy to view McGregor through the lens of his antics outside the cage, but the Khabib fight aside he's most recently destroyed Eddie Alvarez, and he got the nod against Nate. 

His showing against Khabib was as expected, although I'll even admit that he survived on the ground a lot better than I thought he would. He took Khabib to the 3rd minute of the 4th round, and he looked to have won the third frame against him. Look at how the likes of Poirier fared against Khabib by comparison.

Is he a shot fighter? Who knows? We won't know until we see him face someone not called Khabib. That's why I wouldn't be in the least bit surprised if he comes out and blows through Gaethje. That walking forward style of his is great against the likes of Cerrone, Barboza and Vick, who have all been known to succumb to pressure on the feet, but there's every chance that McG catches him with a well-timed shot behind the ear. If that happens you're going to end up with a temporary membership to the Ministry of Funny Walks, no matter how tough you are. 

 

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Not so much that he's shot, just that, if we're to believe the reports of his behaviour and lifestyle, it won't be conducive to him being at the absolute best form he was at that got him to the top of the mountain. He hasn't fought in ages, his behaviour has been dissolute and unfocused, and he seems to have lost the plot even further.

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Yeah, but until we see him in there again we won't know to what extent his supposed lifestyle choices have affected him. Like I said, I feared the worst when he faced Khabib, and he actually did okay for someone who isn't a ground game specialist and who'd been out for close to two years. Compare how he did to how Barboza did, for example. Sure, Barboza went the distance but he got fucked up. It wasn't even remotely competitive.

Sadly, his behaviour outside the cage, unless it's affecting him physically (and he seems to still be in the gym from his social accounts) won't be much of a factor. 

It'll be interesting to see how he does, but I'm just saying that the general consensus seems to have swung entirely from him being being an unbeatable force with a left hand that could crush Mayweather in a boxing match to a drug-addled bum who'll look terrible in the cage.

He could look terrible, but I would not be surprised in the slightest if he shows up to face someone like Gaethje in phenomenal shape, trouncing him in the pre-fight chit chat (which wouldn't be hard in all honesty) and proceeding to make him look slow and cumbersome on the way to a Eddie Alvarez-esque win.

If he does that, it's very much game on yet again. His lifestyle choices will be forgotten, and there'll be red panties all over the place.

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