The beef between UFC superstar Conor McGregor and Bellator MMA middleweight champion Gegard Mousasi received another chapter this past weekend.
Mousasi recently defended his Bellator middleweight title for the second time at Bellator 275 in Dublin, Ireland. He fought against the challenger Austin Vanderford. Mousasi dominated the fight and knocked out Vanderford in the first minute of the opening round, marking his fourth consecutive win.
The feud between Conor McGregor and Gegard Mousasi has been going since 2016. Mousasi started the altercation by criticizing McGregor’s villainous way of promoting himself. Mousasi also criticized McGregor and Floyd Mayweather for using luxury goods to promote themselves.
“That ginger-headed f–k is retarded,” Mousasi said in 2016 on The MMA Hour. “In the interview I mentioned, they were talking about respect or whatever, and then he texted me on Twitter. He messaged me, and I said, ‘what’re you going to do with your 50kg?’ And then he was, I don’t know, he was philosophical or whatever the f*ck he was writing, he was like, ‘a knife is lighter than a pound, it can cut from ear-to-ear,’ whatever the f*ck he was writing. That guy is a bum. He’s a 50kg guy, what the f*ck is he going to do? I bet if he’s face-to-face, he’s not going to say that. But you know, Twitter gives some people courage.”
During the post fight interview, the interviewer mentioned McGregor predicting Vanderford’s victory.
Previously, McGregor said that Austin Vanderford would rip Mousasi’s head off during the title fight. Mousasi misheard the interviewer and thought McGregor would rip his head. He immediately responded and blasted McGregor.
“He could’ve come. I talked to his coach and my brother is here. You know, he would’ve died. I swear to god. So, you know, I’m not f—ing around with that guy. So I don’t know that. I got nothing against the guy, you know, if he wants to come, you can come and I’m not kidding.” Mousasi said.
The interviewer then clarified the statement and Mousasi simply said, “Oh, it’s lucky for him because he’s short.”
Conor McGregor himself attended the Bellator 275 event. He sat next to Bellator MMA president Scott Coker and the two had a talk together. Coker may have met McGregor, however, this is his first time to actually have a conversation with the Irish sports star. Coker said he admires McGregor and couldn’t wait to see his blockbuster comeback.
“You know, to be honest, this is the first time I’ve actually sat down and had a chat with him, you know. Listen, he’s a legend and he’s done so much for the sport and, you know, I look forward to seeing him back in the cage sometime soon.” Coker said.
McGregor is set to return to the octagon soon after his sparring session in April. The 33-year-old is currently on recovery after he broke his leg during a fight against Dustin Poirier. He said he is getting better and ready to return anytime now. However, he took good advice to not rush it. McGregor aimed to fight the UFC lightweight champion Charles Oliveira upon his return.