There were scores of people in the MMA community and beyond lying in wait, ready to jump on Conor McGregor as soon as he tasted defeat for the first time inside the UFC octagon.
They got their chance on Saturday night.
Erstwhile foe Jose Aldo and his countryman Rafael dos Anjos wasted no time at all in commencing their attacks on the Irishman after Nate Diaz had choked him into submission at UFC 196. UFC Heavyweight king Fabricio Werdum and his boxing counterpart, Tyson Fury, also took the opportunity to lay into the still reigning featherweight champion.
Not all of McGregor’s peers were so cutting, however.
In the hours that have passed since his loss, a number of high-profile fighters have come out in support of the SBG fighter, with many specifically commending him for a classy, gracious attitude in defeat.
Among them was Jon Jones, who took the time to record a brief video message for “The Notorious” one.
Aside from the former light-heavyweight champion, McGregor also received support and public expressions of admiration from Urijah Faber, Aljamain Sterling and Team Alpha Male product Cody Garbrandt.
In Faber’s message he also included a screen shot of a text exchange between he and Nate Diaz shortly before the Stockton native was announced as McGregor’s opponent.
A photo posted by Urijah Faber (@urijahfaber) on
— Cody Garbrandt (@Cody_Nolove) March 6, 2016
— Aljamain Sterling (@FunkMaster_UFC) March 6, 2016
Outside of the MMA fraternity, boxing’s super-bantamweight champion of the world, Guillermo Rigondeaux, also showed his respect for the fallen fighter.
— Guillermo Rigondeaux (@RigoElChacal305) March 6, 2016
While another man with a claim to being the world’s best super-bantamweight offered similarly kind words through his Twitter account.
@TheNotoriousMMA brilliantly humble in defeat! A loss does not make him a bad fighter, it just sets him up for a bigger comeback ?
— Carl Frampton (@RealCFrampton) March 6, 2016
Floyd Mayweather’s most recent and possibly final foe, Andre Berto, is a big fan of McGregor, and he too reached out to the Dubliner through social media.
— Andre Berto (@AndreBerto) March 6, 2016
Not everyone has to like Conor McGregor, but given his magnanimous nature, willingness to take major risks and the humble way in which he has responded in the face of a devastating setback, respect for McGregor should be near universal.