Irish MMA and UFC sensation Conor McGregor has made little or no friends in his current weight division, not shying away from calling out everyone from Cub Swanson to the champ Jose Aldo but it was his quickfire interview with MMAFighting.com where he gave one word answers when named a potential opponent that has drawn the ire of many in his division.
None more so that Nik Lentz who didn’t hold back when he spoke to BloodyElbow.com recently about what the Dublin man had to say about him in said video.
Bloody Elbow: “I’m guessing you’ve heard Conor McGregor’s recent commentary on the top 10 in the featherweight division, including yourself….”
Lentz: “I did. Fascinating reading. Nice to hear his views, informed by his vast wealth of UFC experience, which amounts to 15 minutes.”
Bloody Elbow: “Good point. Do you feel he’s been brought along, and over-praised, a bit much?”
Lentz: “What do YOU think? It’s bad enough that he got put on third base, but he walks and talks like he hit a triple. First order of business is to slow your stroll, sonnyboy. Beat a few guys before you start sounding off. You had the perfect venue, a receptive crowd, and all the time in the world to prepare. And what did you do? What did you prove? You landed every punch you know how to throw and the guy didn’t blink. Same with your dazzling arsenal of impact-free kicks. Then you went to your so-called “wrestling skills” and did absolute squat on the mat as well. Then you got HURT! So you have no punching power, your kicks wouldn’t stagger a baby flamingo, you can’t wrestle, and you’re as fragile as an overdone egg. You blew your knee out PLANTING YOUR LEG to KICK. And you think you can stand up to the wear-and-tear of genuine, top-level competition?” Please.
Bloody Elbow: “Maybe a tad harsh, but it’s kind of hard to argue those points …”
Lentz: “No argument necessary. Just being honest. He got called up from the minors, and proved he’s too fragile to stick around. He has no toughness, he has a stupid suit, an ugly bow-tie, and he had his cup of coffee in the major leagues. Now he can put the fight poster with his name on it on the wall of the Dragon Bar or the George in Dublin, and spend the next 10 months drinking Mimosas and checking out the local talent that comes sashaying in. But until you get here, and STAY here, in the UFC, then you aren’t REAL. So know your place, on a barstool nursing your blown-out knee and your stunted dreams. And don’t make commentaries on fighters who do the work, can handle the punishment, and stick around.”
Words were not minced here clearly, but does Lentz have a point? Or can we all just agree that McGregor is a breath of fresh in a division that is rapidly becoming one of the most exciting in the UFC?
Sound off in the comments below!