The former UFC featherweight and lightweight champion currently is recovering from a broken leg, but that hasn’t stopped him from verbally sparring with various fighters on the roster.
McGregor recently posted a video, which he later deleted, laughing at Smith and Belal Muhammad while they were on the analyst desk for UFC Fight Night 197. McGregor’s reaction likely came after Muhammad incorrectly said Holloway was the first man to defeat Aldo when it was McGregor.
“This is the second time that Conor’s come at me,” Smith said on SiriusXM’s Fight Nation. “This one is not even my fault, and I don’t give a sh*t what Conor thinks about me, but I don’t know why he’s taken aim at me twice. But as I though about it, I think I figured it out. Conor’s been uber, uber successful. He’s made more money than he could ever spend. He’s made true, like, generational wealth. His kids’ kids’ kids’ kids are going to be just fine because of the things that Conor’s accomplished. What Conor can never get back, is he’ll never be one of us again – and it drives him absolutely crazy. He used to be – he used to be one of us.
“I found myself sitting at the desk wondering, like, does Conor miss what it felt like to be in the gym and just be one of the guys? Because he’s alienated himself from everybody. I’ve been around him a little bit. I don’t know him. But I’ve been around him and he was one of the guys. Then he kind of sold out and he starts taking shots at people and he kind of sold his soul for all that money. That’s fine if that’s what you want to do.”
Smith hasn’t minced his words in the past regarding McGregor, accusing him of making “invalid” excuses after claiming he entered his trilogy bout with Dustin Poirier at UFC 264 with stress fractures in his leg. Smith also called McGregor out for his post-fight antics, in which the Irish superstar posted a series of cryptic tweets and images of Poirier’s family.
“To be fair, I have had some fights where I’ve really looked like a big dumb zombie.”@lionheartasmith shared his response to Conor McGregor’s tweet about him w/@RJcliffordMMA & points out why most fighters end up talking about Conor
— MMA on SiriusXM (@MMAonSiriusXM) August 23, 2021
But Smith said McGregor no longer resonating with anyone is likely bothering him, even though he doesn’t show it.
“I think sometimes, it’s less about him trying to get a headline, it’s less about him wanting to take shots at people and be that guy,” Smith added. “I think that it eats him alive that he’s never going to be one of the guys again. He’ll never fit in in our group. He’s not one of our peers anymore. It’s not because we kicked him out and didn’t want him – it’s the total opposite.
“We wanted Conor to be one of us. He alienated all of us and now he wants back in and we’re not going to let him in because he sh*t on every single one of us. It’s the comments he makes. That’s just his opportunity to try to – he wants the whole world to think that he’s the cool guy and we’re not, when in all reality, in our private situations and in our small world, he’s the outsider. He’s the one that no one’s letting back in.”
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