Despite being in a weight class which suggests a clash with Conor McGregor will perhaps never be on the cards, Gegard Mousasi hasn’t held back in his criticism of the Irishman since his victory over Vitor Belfort in Manchester.
In the UFC 204 post-fight conference, Mousasi criticised McGregor and went on to reveal that the current featherweight champion sent him threatening messages over Twitter, a claim McGregor has yet to respond to.
Mousasi hasn’t held back, though. He’s gone after Notorious again when speaking on The MMA Hour Podcast, claiming he copied the social media blueprint of Floyd Mayweather and branded him a cry baby.
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He said: “They asked me a question about respect so I answered that with an example.
“McGregor dishes out so he has to take it. He shouldn’t be a cry baby. He says a lot of things about everyone so he should be able to take it.
“He’s a good fighter, but the way he promotes himself, he’s cocky, he overdoes it, he has no class. I didn’t say this before but now that he sent me that message [on Twitter] I say it.”
Mousasi claimed that McGregor had sent him a direct message on Twitter after the middleweight fighter had called him out, stating that he told him ‘a knife is lighter than a pound, it can cut from ear-to-ear,’ and that’s what has prompted Mousasi to speak out.
He went on to add: “In the UFC 204 press conference, I said he copied Mayweather, that’s exactly what he did. He didn’t like it, so he responded and sent me a message and then I responded. If you can dish it out, then you should take it.
“Of course he’s good for the sport, he promotes a fight. But does he overdo it? Does the fame get into his head? He can do whatever he wants, but if you’re in the spotlight, and you dish it out, then you shouldn’t be a cry baby.”
McGregor is bound to respond at some point as the story escalates, but it probably won’t happen until November 12 is in the books and we find out whether he can become a two-weight champion when he takes on Eddie Alvarez at Madison Square Garden.
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