When Conor McGregor started flailing his arms in a slightly bizarre manner during the warm-up stage of his media workout in Las Vegas on Friday, few in the MMA world batted an eyelid.
Getting ready to make these gifs pic.twitter.com/HvKNacNK2x
— caposa (@Grabaka_Hitman) August 11, 2017
Fans of mixed combat and the sport’s media have become accustom to McGregor’s eccentricities and his often unorthodox routines. Having lived through the puzzling early days of movement coach Ido Portal’s association with the Irishman’s camp and those famous rounds of touch-butt in the park, MMA folk can no longer be surprised. And, with McGregor’s continued success, it’s become much harder for anyone in or around the sport to question ‘The Notorious’ one’s approach or philosophy, regardless of how strange they might seem at times.
Aside from that, really hardcore, longtime MMA fans probably remember the legendary Rickson Gracie doing something similar in a scene from the great ‘Choke’ documentary.
he'll never be rickson look at that hand speed pic.twitter.com/hETYyppXF6
— alex (@NotAlexJones) August 11, 2017
The eyelids of boxing folk, who are much less familiar with McGregor, were batting furiously, however.
In the days since, many in the boxing world have poked fun at the SBG Ireland product for his ‘rubber arms’ routine, as well as some of his footwork and technique. Jeff Mayweather, the uncle of McGregor’s August 26th opponent Floyd Mayweather Jr., even imitated the UFC lightweight champion when he spoke to FightHype on the red carpet at the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame induction dinner on Saturday night.
“I don’t know what that is,” said Jeff, after mimicking McGregor. “I mean, what the hell is that?”
On Sunday, a much bigger boxing name followed suit. The pound for pound rated Terence ‘Bud’ Crawford, who will attempt to unify all the major belts in the super-lightweight division when he takes on fellow undefeated titlist Julius Indongo this coming weekend, posted a video to Instagram in which he and his team poke fun at the UFC star’s movements before laying down a challenge to their boxing brethren.
“I challenge all boxers to the McGeror Challenge,” wrote Crawford. We assume that the message should have read “the McGregor Challenge.”
The jokes and the criticism are unlikely to perturb the thick-skinned McGregor, who is now less than two weeks away from a fight that will earn him somewhere close to $100 million.
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