Conor McGregor’s feud with UFC heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum doesn’t look like it’s going to end anytime soon.
The animosity between the pair seemed to begin just prior to McGregor’s UFC featherweight title unification bout with Jose Aldo at UFC 194, when Werdum claimed during a media scrum that the Irishman’s camp had inquired about the possibility of training at Kings MMA in California.
“Conor McGregor wanted to train with us there,” said Werdum(via MMAFighting). “No way. Imagine us against Jose Aldo, our friend? We’re 100 percent with Aldo, the entire Kings MMA. There was a moment when someone said ‘Well, Conor wants to train with you’. I had no answer”.
“His manager asked Rafael[Cordeiro], and master closed (the door) right away. No way he would train with us here. If he came, it would be to train with us for a few days, and yes, 100 percent, he wouldn’t be able to fight. It would be dangerous because we would break him.”
“The Notorious” one’s team denied this, however, with his manager telling MMAFighting that such an approach had never been made.
In the days following McGregor’s verbal annihilation of Werdum’s teammate and countryman, Rafael dos Anjos, at the opening press conference for their March 5th super-fight, the heavyweight king took aim at his featherweight counterpart once again.
According to Fox Sports, “Vai Cavalo” suggested that he would have thrown water at McGregor or even taken a more physical approach to silencing the SBG product had he been in Dos Anjos’ unenviable position that night.
“When the guys had questions for Rafael, he talked at the same time. This is not good. If I’m there, if my opponents said that, I’d grab the water or the juice and (motions to throw it on them) — 100 percent, or I’m going to say (slap) ‘Be quiet!'”
Obviously, McGregor wasn’t just going to let Werdum away with these slights, and when the Brazilian caused a reshuffling of the UFC’s scheduling by pulling out of a bout with late-replacement Stipe Miocic, Conor saw an opportunity to attack.
During a pre-recorded speech in which he accepted his ‘Fighter of the Year’ accolade at the Fighter’s Only World MMA Awards on Friday last, McGregor berated Werdum for his refusal to take on Miocic.
“You got the heavyweight champion, who’s a pussy, pulling out with a sore toe,” said the animated Dubliner. “How is the heavyweight champion going to pull out with a sore toe? What kind of champion is that?”
This highly-publicized rant has apparently brought out the creativity in Werdum, who issued a tasteful response to Conor through Instagram.
Careful now, Fabricio. You don’t want to inadvertently lure this man up to the heavyweight division.
Conor Mcgregor fighting in the Heavyweight division soon pic.twitter.com/E0fZHGS0I0
— Childless Gambino (Coca-Cola Co-Owner) (@AndrewDismukes) January 22, 2016