Josh Barnett recently appeared as a guest of Ariel Helwani on The MMA Hour and he had plenty to say about Ireland’s Conor McGregor, as well as his infamously passionate fans.
Helwani asked the former UFC heavyweight champion about what he thought of Conor and his “lone-wolf” hijacking of the Go Big press conference, at which Barnett was in attendance. Though the veteran complimented McGregor’s in-ring performances, he did not seem enamoured with the UFC interim-featherweight champion’s over the top antics outside of the octagon.
“He wants to speak his mind as much as possible. Right or wrong. Smart or stupid. He is just going to let it rip”
“The Warmaster”, who at almost 38 can no longer pull off his earlier “Babyfaced Assassin” nickname, also stated that he feels that Conor’s zeal for self-promotion and the denigration of his foes means that “he ends up burying a lot of folks”.
“It’s crazy. He’s sitting there talking about ‘Oh Jose Aldo, you came over here and were given your championship’ and all that. Right over there is Ronda Rousey, who was just given her championship. Just insulting the shit out of her at the same time, as he is trying to drop a bomb on Aldo.”
Aldo automatically became the UFC featherweight champion when World Extreme Cagefighting merged with the UFC in 2010. He was the WEC’s featherweight champion at the time. Rousey experienced a similar situation in 2012, when she joined the UFC from Strikeforce.
Barnett also had a go at “The Notorious” Irishman’s passionate following.
“The McGregor fans, some of them are on another level. They think that because Conor is so brash it gives them license to say any inane, obnoxious stuff that come into their head”
For those McGregor fans out there who take offence to Barnett’s comments, you can tune in to UFC Fight Night 75 and hope he gets his comeuppance against Roy Nelson.
That show, which takes place in Japan, is televised by BT Sport 2 in the UK and Ireland. Coverage begins at 1a.m.
You can watch the relevant segment of The MMA Hour here….