Conor McGregor has earned the reputation of being a trash-talker. With his fight against Dustin Poirier at UFC 257 around the corner, his fans around the world are gearing up for another round of patented McGregor trash-talk. During his rise to the top, ‘The Notorious One’ was often ruthless with his trash talk, not even sparing his own body double.
Back in 2015, Conor McGregor’s stock was on its way to the top. Having won his first five fights in the UFC, four of which came via stoppages, McGregor was about to face Jose Aldo for the featherweight championship. Given Aldo’s status as one of the best pound-for-pound fighters on the planet and McGregor’s crowd-pulling prowess, the UFC promoted the fight like never before.
Dana White announced a 12-day world tour for both the fighters with the aim to promote the fight. Las Vegas was among the eight cities where Aldo and McGregor would visit during the tour. It was in Sin City that McGregor met William Joe Tussing, his body double.
The Irishman was kind enough to pose for a picture. He made sure that Tussing didn’t let his excitement of meeting McGregor become evident by asking him not to smile. However, as soon as McGregor left the building, he let go of his true emotions about Tussing.
“Moth****er Don’t Look Like Me,” McGregor said while laughing.
In merely seventeen days, McGregor will fight one of the toughest fighters, not just in the lightweight division, but in the UFC. When compared to five years back, it looks as if McGregor has toned down the approach that he brought to the table.
In his first fight with Dustin Poirier, ‘Mystic Mac’ got ‘The Diamond’ so agitated that the latter entered the fight not aiming to win but to hurt the former. It is far less probable that we will witness the same old version of McGregor that lived rent-free in his opponent’s head.
When McGregor fought Donald Cerrone last year, he showed a lot of respect to the ‘Cowboy’. It would be less likely for him to have the same demeanor against someone like Poirier who stands in his way of a title shot. Regardless, events headlined by Conor McGregor brings certain energy with itself that is often hard to match.
McGregor’s performance against Poirier will play a pivotal role in how his fighting future shapes up. With featherweight out of the picture and welterweight too big for him to make a title run, it’s safe to say that his bread and butter now lies at 155-pounds division.
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