UFC heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum is not very fond of the featherweight champion Conor McGregor. After “The Notorious” criticised Werdum for pulling out of a title defense fight due to injury, Werdum has been very vocal about his resentment of the Irishman.
Werdum spoke on the MMA Hour on Monday to talk about his beef with McGregor (transcribed by MMA Fighting).
“Conor McGregor started well with his marketing, he talks a lot and is a great fighter, we can’t deny that, but I think he crossed the line. It’s too much now,” Werdum said. “He said he will fight anyone, but that’s not how things work in our world. Fighters have a code, a law, and you have to respect everybody. He lost this respect, talked about me at the MMA Awards, and he talked sh*t at the wrong person. I won’t stay quiet and just listen.
“Fighters don’t like Conor McGregor,” he continued. “Everybody likes watching him fight because he does a good marketing, but I won’t change who I am because of money. Everybody likes money, but there’s a limit. Money isn’t everything. He sold his soul – and I’m saying soul so I don’t say other things [laughs]. I don’t think that’s cool. He sold his soul. It was about time someone would shut him up.”
Werdum’s manager recently advised McGregor and the UFC to hire personal security for the featherweight champion if they know there are chances of Werdum crossing paths with “The Notorious.”
“If he says something in a press conference and I’m there, I would get (UFC president) Dana (White) out of the way [laughs]. You can’t let him be that cocky. You have to be crazier than him sometimes so he stops. I posted a photo putting my hand in his a** to show that he’s a prostitute. He does anything for money. Money is important, of course, but that’s not everything in your life. That’s what I was trying to say.
“Nate Diaz showed him that. He talked a lot, moved up in weight and saw how heavy Nate Diaz’s hands are. When he needed to show up and fight, he lost. He was humbled. And Nate showed the way to beat him. He becomes a child on the ground.”