‘It Affected Him’- Former UFC Champion Reveals Why Conor McGregor Stopped Talking Trash to His Opponents

Published 07/06/2021, 12:49 PM EDT


The MMA fans are pumped up as the trilogy fight between Dustin Poirier and Conor McGregor is less than a week away. The fight will be contested inside the T-Mobile Arena with over twenty thousand fans in attendance.

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Many experts believed McGregor lost the rematch to Poirier because the Irishman was playing the nice guy. The nice McGregor is a character who doesn’t talk trash and remains friendly with his opponent throughout the whole build-up. When it comes to Conor McGregor, this is a character that MMA fans are not custom to.

McGregor’s trash talk provides a psychological edge over his opponents. This plays a huge part in the execution of his game plan but from the last couple of years, McGregor’s ruthless personal is unseen.

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So, why Conor McGregor doesn’t talk trash anymore?

In a recent podcast session with submission radio, former UFC champion Bas Rutten gave his theory on the topic.

Rutten said, “It’s my opinion after that thing that scuffle that he had with that guy in the bar. That he had in the bar in Ireland. When I saw his apology he was really not dealing with that correctly. I mean, he felt really bad about that you could tell that it wasn’t him, you know, and it affected him. And after that moment he started being respectful to fighters.”

Rutten continues, “Way more respectful I think that’s where it started you know and now I am happy kind of that it helped with the whole charity thing. You know because now we get the angry McGregor.”

The scuffle between the old man and Conor McGregor

The incident that Bas Rutten described happened at Arch Pub in Dublin back in 2019. As Conor McGregor entered the pub, he tried to offer a free round of his Proper Twelve whiskey for everyone on the table. But one old man denied the offer.

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McGregor tried to offer him twice, but the elderly man refused again. It’s uncertain whether some worlds were exchanged or not, but in the next moment, ‘The Notorious’ punched the old man, which got caught on the CCTV camera. After the scuffle, McGregor was charged with assault and had to appear in court. This lead to a lot of criticism for the Irish fight. Since then Bas Rutten feels ‘The Notorious’ changed his character and stopped talking trash.

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JANUARY 21: Conor McGregor interacts with media during the UFC 257 Press Conference inside Etihad Arena on UFC Fight Island on January 20, 2021 in Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
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Saurabh Singh Laledia is an MMA enthusiast who works as a UFC writer for EssentiallySports. His passion for the UFC infused with his knowledge of various fight styles such as Muay Thai and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu motivated him to pursue a career in combat sports journalism, as it would be where he could exhibit his expert views and unbiased opinions whilst keeping the fan’s perspective alive. He started watching the sport at UFC 53 in 2005 when ‘The Ace’ Rich Franklin beat Evan Turner to claim the belt and has traced the journey of the middleweight title right from 'The Spider' to 'The Last Stylebender'.

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