UFC middleweight Gegard Mousasi has certainly turned some heads over the past week,
Following his second round TKO victory over Vitor Belfort on Michael Bisping’s undercard in Manchester, Mousasi proceeded to drop some verbal bombs in the press conference where he called out the likes of Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather.
Most of his frustration stemmed from the fact that he wasn’t being recognised as a legitimate title contender, and told the press perhaps he needed to throw bottles to get recognised, obviously referring to the UFC 202 water bottle incident between the Irishman and Nate Diaz.
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Mousasi went on to tell Flo Combat that McGregor had threatened him with a knife, despite many debating the validity of his claim.
Once again he has come out, this time speaking on The MMA Hour that the incident definitely occurred, and it was genuinely McGregor that threatened him.
He said: "That ginger-headed f**k is retarded. In the interview I mentioned, they were talking about respect or whatever, and then he texted me on Twitter.
“He messaged me, and I said ‘what’re you going to do with your 50kg?’
“And then he was, I don’t know, he was philosophical or whatever the f**k he was writing, he was like, ‘a knife is lighter than a pound, it can cut from ear-to-ear,’ whatever the f**k he was writing.
“The guy is a bum. He’s a 50kg guy, what the f**k is he going to do? I bet if he’s face to face, he’s not going to say that. But you know, Twitter gives some people courage.”
VALIDITY OF ACCOUNT
Since those claims were made, many suggested a McGregor impersonator may have duped Mousasi into believing he was actually the featherweight champion, but he’s adamant that it was McGregor making those threats.
He added: “No, it was him. It was his account.
“I don’t know what he was mentioning with the knife, I don’t have it with me now, but he put a lot of thought into his message. The guy has a lot of time, I don’t know.
“I said ‘say it to my face,’ but I bet he’s not going to do that.”
McGregor has yet to respond to the comments made by Mousasi, or even confirm or deny whether he had been in touch via Twitter.
McGregor’s focus will certainly be on Eddie Alvarez for now, as the last thing he needs is this sort of distraction so soon after receiving a fine from the Nevada State Athletic Commission.
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