McGregor Slams UFC, Boxing & WWE in Profane Post
UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor hosted a live Q&A pay-per-view special in Manchester, England, on Saturday, but it was everything he did prior to the event that has got people talking.
Earlier, McGregor officially rejected a deal to appear at WWE’s WrestleMania event, which takes place at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida, on April 2. An unnamed source told The Sun that negotiations between the two sides did happen, but a deal could ultimately not be worked out.
"WWE has made no secret of its desire to do something with Conor McGregor and there were talks between the two parties about this year," the source said. "Because he’s taking time off from the UFC, there was a talk about doing something at this year’s Wrestlemania in April, but it wasn’t to be despite a hefty offer."
WrestleMania has featured many entertainers from outside the wrestling promotion for over 30 years now. In fact, McGregor’s main rival these days — Floyd Mayweather — appeared at WrestleMania 24, which took place at the same location as the upcoming one, in March 2008. Mayweather even competed in a match, battling the 7-foot tall Big Show. McGregor was the center of a lot of talk among both the WWE and MMA communities this past summer, when he called out the entire WWE locker room via social media.
Speaking of which, McGregor, in addition to his WWE deal rejection, posted a strange message on Instagram, where he took shots at many — from Mayweather, to WWE, and even the UFC. He suggested that the crowd for his Q&A, about 5,000, will top the crowd at UFC’s Fight Night event at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado.
It is unknown why McGregor took these shots, including ones at his employer, if there is any specific reason.
UPDATE (1/29, 12:30 a.m.): When asked about the chances of a fight with McGregor, in an interview prior to the Carl Frampton vs. Leo Santa Cruz bout, Mayweather stated: "[McGregor] is very entertaining…let’s give the fans what they want."