Conor McGregor has shown very little respect toward the superstars of the WWE in recent months.
During a UFC 202 media conference call back in August, McGregor said that most members of the professional wrestling organisation’s roster were “messed up pussies”. A backlash ensued, but this only served to spur the Irishman on, and he took to social media to taunt his new critics further.
I didn't mean no disrespect to the @wwe fans. What I meant to say was that I'd slap the head off your entire roster. And twice on Sunday's.
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) August 7, 2016
However, during a media day at his Las Vegas base a few days later, McGregor made sure to point out that he did have respect for WWE CEO Vince McMahon and a few of the company’s “OGs”, like The Rock and ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin.
It’s likely then that McGregor won’t take offence to a recent comparison that UFC light-heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier made between he and the Texas ‘Rattlesnake’.
“[Conor McGregor] brings more eyes,” Cormier recently told Michael Landsberg of TSN(via The Sun). “I think he is the anti-hero.”
“He is ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin from 2000. The guy that you’re supposed to kinda root against, but you want to root for. Everything that he does before would have gotten people to boo you. But it’s like they’ve taken to it. It’s something so different that what they’re used to seeing the people love it. I think it’s fine.”
Cormier also went on to make another parallel, this time identifying similarities between McGregor and a legend in his own field.
“Like I used to tell people when they used to ask about Tito Ortiz,” said Cormier. “I’m like you’re gonna pay to see the man fight because you want to see him either win, or you want to see him lose. He talks it and he backs it up. And Conor does the same thing.
“He’s working magic for the UFC.”
He certainly is, as reports suggest that McGregor, with the help of Nate Diaz of course, has already broken the company’s Pay-per-view record on two occasions in 2016. UFC 196, headlined by McGregor vs Diaz 1, did just over 1.6 million buys, while the rematch reportedly hit the 1.65 million mark.
He will have one more chance to hit a record number in 2016 as well, as his super-fight with lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez takes place at UFC 205 on November 12th.