The war between Showtime and the UFC continued on Friday, as Showtime exec Stephen Espinoza and Conor McGregor got into a twitter spat.
The focus of the social media argument was focused upon a Showtime press release stating the number of pay-per-view buys for McGregor’s boxing debut against Floyd Mayweather. The number released by showtime which was “vetted by all parties in advance,” was 4.4 million buys. Yet, Dana White claims the number is actually 6.7 million.
The sticking point has been the idea of North American buys as compared to Worldwide buys, as Espinoza made clear Friday in a response to a person on Twitter.
Sounds like he’s upset because we committed the cardinal sin of telling the truth (when we released the accurate total for N. American PPV buys on MayMac).
Strange that telling the truth, in a press release vetted by all parties in advance, is something to be “despised” for. https://t.co/rFxKXz0Bjz
— Stephen Espinoza (@StephenEspinoza) January 5, 2018
McGregor, who did not take kindly to what Espinoza posted, decided to go on the attack. The tweet is below and contains words that are not safe for work.
Shut your weasel mouth. Who gives a fuck about the North American numbers when we are the GLOBAL KINGS you shmuck. WORLDWIDE. No.1! https://t.co/tq5Gj1Os7Y
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) January 5, 2018
McGregor made it very clear in the lead up to the fight against Mayweather that he did not like Espinoza, going as far to call Espinoza a weasel at almost every press event leading up to the August 26th fight.
Dana White was also very blunt in his criticism of Espinoza’s press release.
“I don’t give a sh** about Showtime’s fu***** full of s*** press release they put out,” White said earlier this week.