While Conor McGregor straddled the octagon fence following his UFC 194 victory over Jose Aldo the keen observer might have noticed one of the Brazilian’s teammates and cornermen gesturing angrily at the new champion.
That man was UFC featherweight Hacran Dias.
Dias, caught up in the raw emotion of the moment, obviously didn’t take too kindly to the demonstrative way in which McGregor chose to celebrate his victory, and was inspired to respond.
In a recent interview with Brazil’s premier MMA media outlet, Combate, the Nova Uniao fighter has revealed what he was yelling in the direction of the Irishman.
“I told him to fight me, that I would fight him for free. That was not a good moment and now a lot of people are saying dumb stuff. I don’t know if he saw me or if he pretended he didn’t. He looked at me quickly and I pointed my finger at his face, he could’ve played it off, but I told him to fight me. I guess we will see. This is a tough subject to discuss now, man I wish I was fighting him.”
Translation courtesy of BloodyElbow.
Dias is currently on a two fight win streak and is placed at number 11 in the promotions 145lb rankings. But his 3-2 overall record in the UFC hardly puts him a position to be calling out the champion. Then again, from the sounds of things, at that moment it wasn’t a sanctioned contest that “Barnabe” was interested in.