Former UFC welterweight champion Matt Serra launched a scathing attack on “The Notorious” following his Bellator 187 behavior
On a recent episode of the popular UFC Unfiltered podcast, Serra tore into the UFC superstar following his outrageous behavior at a Bellator event in his hometown of Dublin last week.
Serra, who famously shocked Georges St-Pierre by TKO in 2007 to win an unlikely title feels that McGregor’s lack of consideration for others has overstepped the line. For Serra, any other fighter who had acted in the same way would have been publicly castigated while the 29-year-old has seemingly got away without ample punishment (h/t MMAJunkie):
“The point is this: He makes it about himself,” Serra said. “He doesn’t make it about his friends. He’s not doing that to support his friends … Dude – you’re an attention whore. That’s not respectful to your fighter. And what about him jumping on the cage and smacking the official?”
“If I did that, if anybody did that, they’d be called a f**king a**hole. How does this guy get a pass? … He’s acting like a f**king a**hole.”
“I just think it’s f**king silly that people are like, ‘Ahh, well, that’s Conor, he’s bigger than life!’ He’s allowed to smack somebody? Man, f**K that dude. I don’t give a f**k.”
While the UFC has yet to publicly announce any punishment they intend to hand down to McGregor, it is likely that they will remain silent on the matter altogether. “The Notorious” is the biggest star in the sport of MMA and quite likely the most popular combat sports star in the world right now. The Crumlin-native has featured in four of the top five highest-grossing pay-per-view events in the history of the promotion and is the most marketable athlete to have ever fought under the banner of the UFC.
The promotion is currently in negotiations with McGregor regarding a new deal. The Irishman has insisted that he is unwilling to commit to signing a contract unless he is given a stake in the company – something which WME-IMG, the company who acquired the UFC in 2016 for $4 billion dollars, looks unlikely to agree to. This, in turn, has arguably influenced McGregor to play hardball. If there is one thing the Dubliner is an absolute expert in outside of the cage, it is self-promotion.
Many have taken to the assumption that McGregor will refuse to return to the sport which made him a star unless there is a significant financial incentive for him to do so. According to the SBG Ireland star, he made north of $100 million in his summer boxing bout with ring icon Floyd Mayweather Jr. Returning to the UFC to risk his health for a fraction of what he earned against Mayweather is reportedly the reason for his refusal to not just commit to a new deal but hold off on returning to the promotion in general.
McGregor is an entertainer and has built a legion of fans worldwide partly due to his verbal gifts and ability to sell fights. While his braggadocious attitude and cocky nature have usually been greeted light-heartedly, McGregor was accused of racism and sexism due to comments made prior to his bout with Mayweather. His behavior following teammate Charlie Ward’s victory at Bellator 187 was arguably the most surprising of his career to date.
Has the McGregor-effect backfired? That seems to be the opinion of the panel on a recent episode of BBC’s MMA Show. Nick Peet and company went as far as to compare McGregor’s behavior to that of controversial hip-hop star Kanye West, even claiming that the Dubliner should have been “taken to jail” for his actions:
“This was a guy – a spectator out of the crowd – it doesn’t matter who he is. Let’s take away for a second that it’s Conor McGregor involved. This guy is a spectator from the crowd who has leaped into the cage, who has attacked a referee and attacked a fighter, who could say, as well.
“Then he gets dragged out, then he climbs in again, then he slaps an official. Listen, this has got nothing to do with how Bellator should come in treat him… For me, he should have been arrested on the spot and he should have been taken to jail.”