Conor McGregor catapulted himself to the top of the UFC world after winning the UFC Featherweight Championship when he defeated Jose Aldo at UFC 194 in just 13 seconds.
After that win, he became much louder, boisterous, and unfiltered, because he was allowed to. After all, he was a champion. He took on whoever faced him in a verbal battle and wasn't afraid to back down. Living up to the 'Notorious' nickname.
However, since his loss to Nate Diaz at UFC 196, McGregor has taken more of a backseat in the fallout, being rather quiet with his actions, and sticking to what he said in the post-fight interview. Being humble in defeat.
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Prior to his first UFC loss, McGregor made comments about UFC Heavyweight Champion Fabricio Werdum after the UFC 197 press conference for pulling out of his scheduled fight due to injury, something which the Brazilian thought was disrespectful.
It's something which agitates him still today, as revealed in a recent interview with Combate, according to SB Nation.
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He said: "Conor started out well, but then he went over the line, he started talking about Jesus. He just looks like a clown. In Brazil, we call them prostitutes, because they do anything for money. He's a sellout. Of course it's important to fight for money, but that guy will sell out for anything. I wouldn't doubt he would sell out his ass. I wouldn't do it."
It will be interesting to see how the Irish fighter will respond to Werdum's comments, but he has been reasonably quiet since his loss to Diaz at UFC 196. You can bet it will be a good comeback and we will see the return of the boisterous McGregor that we have seen in the past.
It could come during his first press conference for his expected UFC Featherweight Championship defense at UFC 200 later this year. This would certainly be another event where McGregor would make a lot of money for competing. His speculated opponents for the show include Frankie Edgar and the former Featherweight Champion Aldo.
As for Werdum, he is expected to take on Stipe Miocic in the main event of UFC 198 on May 14 in Brazil, but he has welcomed a clash with Jon Jones if the latter decides to move up a weight class from light heavyweight.
He said: "I always say Jon Jones has always been a heavyweight. He's my height and weighs about 235 pounds when he's not training. I always saw him as a heavyweight who cuts weight. I think it's a great fight. I must focus on Miocic first and then think about Jones. I want to win that first, then I think about Jon Jones."
It might be too quick of a turnaround for that fight to take place at UFC 200, but whenever that bout happens, it would be a big pay day for both fighters as well.