UFC star Conor McGregor began a war of words with the wrestling world earlier this month after calling most wrestlers "messed up p*ssies" and later tweeting that he would "slap the head off" the entire WWE roster. And he went even further in continuing his verbal attacks on the roster at a UFC press day event on Friday night.
Specifically, McGregor didn't have kind words for John Cena.
"What's the main guy? John Cena, He's 40, he's 40 years of age. He's walking around in a luminous orange t-shirt and a headband talking about how nobody can see him, we can see him right there. He's a big fat, 40-year-old failed Mr. Olympia motherf*cker." McGregor said.
The controversy initially began when McGregor was asked on the UFC 202 media conference call if we would ever see him transition from the Octagon to the squared circle for an appearance. McGregor said he hadn't thought about it and was critical of most professional wrestlers.
But McGregor said he had respect for the McMahon family, Triple H, and The Rock, and he reiterated the respect he has for Vince McMahon on Friday night, complimenting him for what he does with the "bunch of dweebs" currently on the WWE roster.
Talking about the roster, McGregor said, "That new age of those guys are absolute dweebs, they just seem messed up in the head. I don't know what it is, when I listen to them talk, when I listen to them carry themselves, they just don't seem right in the head."
Perhaps giving him his desired reaction, many in the wrestling industry reacted to McGregor's previous comments on social media. One of those who responded was industry icon Ric Flair, who tweeted that McGregor should thank him for his gimmick. Flair also dared McGregor to take on wrestlers like Brock Lesnar, Dolph Ziggler, and Fit Finlay.
McGregor responded to Flair's tweets on Friday night, saying that Flair is a legend but denying that what he does is a gimmick. And he challenged any wrestler who wants to face him.
"This ain't no gimmick, this is the real sh*t. I've got to get in and fight a man for real. With no script, with no nothing. He was talking about bringing some other wrestler guys out to challenge me, come bring it then. This is the real sh*t over here, if you want to come over we can fight no problem. A few of them are talking about the street and all. If they want to do that, come at me and see what happens." McGregor said.
The full press day event is available to watch below: