McGregor has offered Cormier his “respect” after he was labelled in his “top five must-see fighters” despite previously labelling the former UFC heavyweight “a fat drunk” in their previous social media feud
Conor McGregor has offered Daniel Cormier his “respect” after he was named top of the former UFC heavyweight’s top five must-see fighters despite their previous social media row.
The pair clashed on social media in the aftermath of McGregor’s stoppage defeat by Dustin Poirier at UFC 264.
McGregor branded the American a “fat drunk” and criticising his commentary skills in a furious assault on social media that was later deleted.
“Daniel Cormier is a fat mess. Getting into worse condition by the day. God bless him. Showing up drunk at media events the very day before he was in the booth calling my fight,” McGregor wrote.
“Drunk at a media event working? The day before being a commentator on the biggest fight in history?
“It is a sackable offence for a commentator to be drunk at press work the day before commentating the big fight. Dreadful! Get it together. Belching in the mic at a press event and an all wtf. The day before commenting the big fight? Is this guy serious? Disgraceful.”
But McGregor has saluted Cormier after the former two-weight champion named the Irishman as his No.1 must-see fighter in UFC history ahead of Brock Lesnar, Georges St-Pierre, Khabib Nurmagomedov and Ronda Rousey.
“Fair, although I would say I am one thru five before other comes in, but I understand. Respect Daniel, carry on, god bless. Nice one mate, get a bottle of 12 onto the set now. You were seen!” McGregor posted on Twitter.
McGregor has been called out by several people for his social media actions in recent weeks, after he also laid into rival Nurmagomedov with tweets appearing to mock his father, and threatening to “eat” the Russian’s children.
But despite Cormier previously stating McGregor had “crossed the line” with the tweets, the American heavyweight has focused on action in the cage and believes that the Irishman landing a shot at welterweight champion Kamaru Usman on his return from injury “makes sense”.
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“Any person with a brain would do that. Usman fought against (Jorge) Masvidal on 7 days (7 days’ notice) when Masvidal had all the hype right? When he (Masvidal) had been knocking everybody out, got on the plane, stopped in Italy for the pizza – did all that whole thing.
“And he (Usman) sold more pay-per-views than he’s ever sold in his life. Then he (Usman) fought him again, right?
“But he fought him again after fighting Gilbert Burns – And (after) seeing the difference in a pay-per-view against a guy that is a very difficult fight but may not have the name and a guy that is an easier fight but has a massive name.”
McGregor is considering several options upon his return to action after providing fans with a positive injury update, and could look to move up two-weight classes to middleweight and fight against the “little fools” at 185lbs.
And the Irishman has also pondered a return to boxing calling for a training session with current unified super middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez and his trainer Eddy Reynoso.