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Irish Media Abandons Conor McGregor

"The Notorious" now means "The Pretender" in Gaelic.

“The Notorious” now means “The Pretender” in Gaelic.

As the fallout from UFC 229’s globally implicating debacle unfolds a new revelation has hit the world’s radar: Conor McGregor is not revered in his home country of Ireland. In the aftermath, the reporting about the post-fight incident involving UFC lightweight champion, Khabb Nurmagomedov and his entourage versus McGregor’s camp has painted McGregor as a disgraceful pretender former champion. 

UFC 229: Irish Media Attack Conor McGregor after Khabib Fight (Compilation)

The Irish media and internet haters are quick to turn their backs and pile up on McGregor following his UFC 230 loss to Khabib Nurmagomedov. Music: Don Henley – “Dirty Laundry” Taylor Swift – “Shake it Off” https://youtu.be/nfWlot6h_JM Disclaimer: Footage/material is used for parody/satire, education, and criticism and protected under fair use.

A host of Irish newspapers carried hard-hitting headlines with some going as far as discounting the Irishman’s abilities. What is clear is that Conor McGregor and the UFC are now under a scrutiny that hasn’t been felt since former Arizona Congressman John McCain labeled the sport “cockfighting”. McGregor crossed every moral line possiblein the lead up to the fight and Nurmagomedov and his team made sure he remembered how they felt from all the incidents McGregor did upon them that were seemingly “forgiven” for the almighty dollar.


Here are some of the best ones:


Eamonn Sweeney, The Independent

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“He’s no elite sportsman and now he has got his comeuppance. He was humiliated.” 

“that mangy bear Khabib wrestled when he was a kid was probably a harder opponent” 


“McGregor has had five fights in the last three years and lost three of them convincingly. That makes the national fuss look a bit silly at this stage.”

“Watching the build-up to the main event, it doesn’t take long to twig that this is essentially a sport aimed at dumbasses,” he wrote. “Fair enough, the stupid need entertainment too, but there’s not much in it for the rest of us. MMA is a sporting version of Love Island. With even tighter shorts. Just ridiculous … MMA is such a small world, you could call it the Mickey Mouse Association.”


Shane McGrath, The Irish Daily Mail

“Rush to acclaim (McGregor) as an Irish sporting great was daft” 

“Such scenes. Such outrage. Such scandal. Such sickening sanctimony,. Many loud in sharing their abhorrence at the pitiful aftermath of Conor McGregor’s defeat spent years indulging and excusing the wretched behaviour of their hero, and insisting the sport and the organisation that made him rich and famous and vulgar, deserved to be treated with the seriousness accorded to more established purists. They were wrong then and they should be ignored now.”

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“McGregor has been absolutely central in the charge towards the low point the UFC has now reached.”

Philip O’Connor, The Irish Times



 “McGregor fell “far short of his own lofty pronouncements” and his return “bore little resemblance to that of the king he proclaimed to be”.


“What is striking is that there were no surprises in what the Russian tried to do, and yet McGregor, returning to mixed martial arts after a 23-month hiatus, seemed incapable of stopping it.”

“He needs to forget the myth he has built around himself and concentrate solely on his next fight. Anything else is a gamble he can’t afford to take.”

Rhett Butler is a Boxing Writer Association of America Journalist, Play-By-Play Commentator, Combat Sports Insider, and Former Mixed Martial Arts and Boxing Promoter. Having been involved with combat sports since 2005, Rhett began in the Fighter Relations Department of the UFC and World Extreme Cagefighting. Eventually, he became the Site Coordinator for the now-defunct Strikeforce organization. He then founded Fight Services and handled the event and talent logistics for MMA World Series of Fighting, Titan FC, as well as boxing promoter K2 Promotions. Rhett was also a Stage Manager for Showtime Championship Boxing. Currently, Rhett is the lead combat sports and bodybuilding writer, producer, podcaster, and host for The Shadow League. He has also been published in Money Magazine, reported for TIME Magazine and been a freelance writer for UFC.com, MaximumFighting.com, UFC 360 Magazine, Fight Magazine, MMAPayout.com, and Heavy.com. Rhett has hosted lifestyle TV programming in the Washington, D.C. market on the District of Columbia Network (DCN) and the District Knowledge Network (DKN) and has been a Play-By-Play Announcer for Monumental Sports Network’s PPV streaming service.