Regardless of how it went down, Conor McGregor’s first UFC loss was always going to be met with vitriol stained rejoicing in certain quarters.
Unfortunately for the Irishman, the juxtaposition of his defeat to Nate Diaz via rear-naked choke with Holly Holm’s loss to Miesha Tate by the same method has given his choir of critics even more material with which to work.
In contrast to Holm, who decided to fight Tate’s choke until she was rendered unconscious, McGregor chose to surrender once Diaz had cinched in the hold. It’s hardly uncommon for fighters to do the latter, but that fact is irrelevant to “The Notorious” one’s vocal band of detractors.
One man who has some very strong feelings about the issue is former UFC welterweight champion Matt Serra.
The New Yorker, who caused one of the greatest upsets in the history of the sport when he knocked out Georges St-Pierre back in 2007, was a recent guest of The Three Amigos podcast and he had plenty to say about the events of UFC 196.
Listen, what a f*cking warrior Holly is, that she took a nap,” said Serra. “You heard her in the post-fight f*cking…press conference. They’re like, ‘Well, why’d you choose to go to sleep?’ She didn’t choose to go to sleep. She kept believing that if she got out, she could win the fight. Tapping wasn’t a f*cking option. How do you not respect that?(Transciption via BloodyElbow)”
After praising Holm with such gusto, Serra moved on to McGregor, who he bashed with even greater enthusiasm. The 41-year-old Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt suggested that the featherweight champion’s decision to tap didn’t seem in line with the brash, trash-talking attitude he exuded pre-fight.
“Not being a cock, but look at Conor. All the shit you talked, take a nap, man. It’s not like your arm was about to break. I understand you want your career and if it was a kneebar, you’ll be out for six months, but dude, if worst comes to worst, you’ll think you’re in your bedroom. That’s it. You’ll wake up like, ‘WTF,’ but everything will be alright”.
When Serra began to talk about specific instances during the build-up in which McGregor displayed a lack of respect for his opponent, he got particularly animated and the expletives began to fly.
“I was so f*cking happy seeing Nate win,” said “The Terror”. “Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy Conor McGregor, but the shit where he went in on Nate about teaching the kids jiu-jitsu, now look, it’s one thing to be witty and this and that, but now you’re writing some sh*t, trying to be clever…you know what? You start crossing lines and your karma is not good, either. You start making fun of the guys teaching jiu-jitsu classes…he could be out in the hood doing dirty sh*t, but he’s in there teaching kids martial arts, you dumb f*cker. How dare you. That’s f*cking stupid. You want to make your money, make your money, but that’s stupid”.
“That annoyed me, and I love the Diaz brothers, so when he (Nate Diaz) f*cking lit him up, when he started landing, [laughs] I was going nuts. My oldest child does an impersonation of me-I was going ballistic at my in-laws. I was going nuts”.
I guess we won’t be seeing Serra draped in a tricolor jumping up and down at cageside when McGregor makes his return to action then.