The fire just keeps roaring and spreading. Conor McGregor lit the MMA world ablaze by saying he was going to step in to fight Frankie Edgar at UFC 222. Immediately, Edgar’s manager Ali Abdel-Aziz put the Irishman on blast on social media and to ESPN. Now, Edgar’s coach Mark Henry took to Instagram to write a lengthy post calling Conor McGregor’s bluff. While partly complimentary, Henry takes serious issue with McGregor’s character.
“When you bring up Frankie Edgar’s name, that’s the perfect picture for you Conor McGregor. You ducked him three times in the past, Edgar and his manager Ali Abdel-Aziz asked for Conor’s name specifically when Max went down, but we knew you only take stylistically what is a good match for you and you ducked him three times already. It’s bad enough you post crappy posts putting people down when you have never defended a title cut lines to titles and 90-percent of the time fight people in your comfort zone. I agree Conor is an amazing, amazing fighter and has transcended the game with his accent, personality, wit, incredible fighting style, power, intelligence and don’t forget trashing people some of the best stand-up I’ve ever seen in MMA, which beat a great and one of my own guys. I really thought he had a chance first two rounds to beat [Floyd] Mayweather.”
I am fighting again. Period.
I am the best at this.
I put my name forward to step in at UFC… https://t.co/fbxOL8l4JL
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) February 22, 2018
“To constantly sit on the sideline and talk about a man who always wants to fight and only the best guys, a man the UFC always tries to side track Frankie Edgar: Whether [it’s Chad] Mendes (they were trying to protect you), or Yair [Rodriguez] or another young killer. A fighter who should be at 135 but fights his whole career heavier and doesn’t cry about someone being bigger like you constantly did with a 155er. A fighter who doesn’t make excuses when he losses like size or cheesecake, he just takes it like a man and gives credit when is due. A fighter who even though gives up height, range, weight his entire career has never quit or been stopped. Last time I checked, that’s four for you now buddy. You will never, never, ever have the heart of Frankie or integrity. It’s so simple: If your dog crap post is true, fight Frankie next. Whether it be MMA or boxing. And I promise you he won’t hammer fist you on top your head, he knows the rules, but you won’t.” — Coach Mark Henry via his official Instagram.
If it’s part of Conor McGregor’s plan to get the MMA world to keep talking about him, it worked in spades. His original Instagram post from just a couple of hours ago is rocketing up to nearly a million likes, every major MMA media outlet has posted articles about it, and Frankie Edgar’s manager and coach have spoke out about it. What a way to ramp up things if McGregor really attending UFC 223 in April.
This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 2/22/2018.