Heartiest congratulations on your victory last Saturday night. There is no doubt that the better man won on the night (or 6:30 am Irish time to be exact). You may be surprised to know that you have quite a few fans in Ireland and some of your phrases are passing quite nicely into the Lexicon of great MMA quotes. ‘This is Number 1 Bullshit’ – is my personal favourite but there are many more. Wrestling bears as a 4 year old and your frequent comments about ‘smerching’ (smashing) opponents are all quite endearing to us.
Your choice in headwear won’t have any of the great fashion houses of the world signing you up as a brand ambassador anytime soon but it’s all part of the charm isn’t it?. What I’m saying really is you’d make a damn great Irishman if it wasn’t for the Dagestani thing.
As you wake up this morning you are probably quite relieved that the Conor McGregor experience is over. And by experience I don’t mean the fighting part. Like an American election that promises no negative campaigning this rarely is ever the case when the McGregor spotlight is unleashed. Increasingly it leaves a bad taste in both camps mouths.
Now that the dust is settling , I think there are a couple of things you should reflect on, as you await the Nevada State Athletic commission to release your 2 million bucks. None of these things have anything to do with MMA – sure you’re in no need of any advice there.
You were quite irate at the end of the fight in the T-Mobile arena on Oct 6, and to be fair there is probably some justification for it too. Obviously leaping Karate style from the Octogan in the general direction of Dillon Danis’ head wasn’t the brightest thing you have ever done but to a degree I can understand it. I only have one issue really with your behaviour and it has to do with something you said in your post fight press conference.
‘’You cannot talk about Religion, You cannot talk about nation…You know…you cannot talk about this stuff’’
Perhaps you were trying to make a different point but I think that all the pre-fight chatter first from McGregor and then in turn by journalists and bloggers about Religion, nationhood and your manager being a terrorist is the real source of the fire in your belly. It needs to be said though that it is absolutely right for journalists to talk about and question you on Religion or Nation or whatever they want. I would hope that it is done in a much more respectful manner in future of course.
You are a proud Muslim and it is to be respected. A lot of the MMA world is not though and free speech and the right to question is a fundamental part of what any functioning democracy strives to build. In short you don’t get to decide what is appropriate to be asked. You will be asked these questions in the future and you will need to learn how to answer them.
I see a lot of commentary in the last couple of days congratulating you for not letting Conor McGregor get into your head. On the contrary I would say that you let Conor McGregor into your head and encouraged him to have a good walk around. The unfortunate thing for him is that, in the end , it merely served to whet your appetite and he found it as debilitating as the Neck Crank that ended his night.
All of the Hullabaloo from the fight and it’s immediate aftermath will undoubtedly increase the financial imperative that the UFC set up a rematch. You would do well to reflect that while Conor McGregor is much easier to wrestle than the average Dagestani Bear it’s also much less fun.
Mise le Meas,