It's fair to say UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor rubbed a whole lot of people up the wrong way last week when he fired some pretty heavy shots at the entire WWE locker room.
Whether you consider him a marketing genius or an annoying pest, the Irishman continues to make some noise ahead of his pending rematch with Nate Diaz at UFC 202.
A lot of the WWE locker room didn't appreciate McGregor's comments, even if he was just working them for publicity. One man who especially took exception to the 28-year-old's assertions was former WWE superstar Kurt Angle.
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Angle, of course, is a decorated amateur wrestler - having won a gold medal at the Atlanta Olympics back in 1996 - and is now a veteran pro wrestler entering the winter of his career.
Talking to Sports Illustrated, he feels as though McGregor shouldn't slander a profession he knows absolutely nothing about.
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“Conor is either the most loved or the most hated fighter in UFC, and that’s a credit to him,” said Angle. “But to cross over into another career, into pro wrestling–something you don’t even know–and call WWE wrestlers “p——”? That’s offensive. Don’t talk about someone you don’t know.”
How would a match between Angle and McGregor pan out inside the Octagon?
“I’d take him down, then ground and pound him until I knocked him out,” said Angle. “Conor is a polished fighter, but with my size, I would overpower him. It wouldn’t be that difficult for me.”
Angle didn't stop there. He has a challenge for McGregor when he gets done attempting to exact revenge on Diaz in Las Vegas, and it's something Angle doesn't believe the UFC poster boy is up to.
“I’d like to challenge Conor,” said Angle. “Take five bumps with me in the ring. Just five bumps. When I did that for the first time, I took three and said, ‘F— this, I’m quitting.’ I quit for a couple days and my manager talked me into going back. I know how Dana White and Conor continue to bash the business, but I challenge either of them to get in the ring with me and take five bumps. Once they do, they’ll realize how tough it is–and that’s not even a fraction of what it takes to be a pro wrestler.”
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