Anthony Smith Calls Conor McGregor an “Outsider”, Says Star “Sold Out”
By FCF Staff
Conor McGregor continues to fire verbal warning shots at his fellow fighters and recently Anthony Smith shared his take on why the star does so.
Since McGregor arrived in the UFC the Irish fighter has made news by making bold statements or promoting bouts with insults.
More recently, McGregor reportedly took issue with some comments Smith made about him. One of which was Smith and Belal Muhammad incorrectly stating on a recent UFC broadcast, that Max Holloway was the first fighter to defeat Jose Aldo in the Octagon (McGregor was the first).
“This is the second time that Conor’s come at me, and this one is not even my fault, and I don’t give a sh*t what Conor thinks about me, but I don’t know why he’s taken aim at me twice,” Smith said. “But as I thought about it, I think I figured it out. Conor has been uber, uber successful. He’s made more money than he could ever spend. He’s made true, like, generational wealth. Like, his kids’ kids’ kids’ kids are going to be just fine because of the things that Conor’s accomplished. What Conor can never get back, is he’ll never be one of us again, and it drives him absolutely crazy.”
“He used to be one of us. I found myself sitting at the desk wondering, like, does Conor miss what it felt like to be in the gym and just be one of the guys? Because he’s alienated himself from everybody. Like, I’ve been around him a little bit. I don’t know him. But I’ve been around him, and he was one of the guys, and he kind of sold out, and he starts taking shots at people, and he kind of sold his soul for all that money. And that’s fine if that’s what you want to do.”
Smith also argued that McGregor has become an outsider amongst fighters, on account of all the various insults he’s fired, and that it bothers the star.
“I think sometimes it’s less about him wanting to take shots at people and be that guy,” Smith said. “I think that it eats him alive that he’s never going to be one of the guys again. He’ll never fit in in our group. He’s not one of our peers anymore. And it’s not because we kicked him out and didn’t want him. It’s the total opposite.
“We wanted Conor to be one of us, and he alienated all of us, and now he wants back in, and we’re not going to let him in, because he sh*t on every single one of us. It’s the comments he makes. … he wants the whole world to think that he’s the cool guy and we’re not, when in all reality, in our, like, private situations and in our small world, he’s the outsider. He’s the one that no one’s letting back in.”
McGregor is coming off a TKO loss to Dustin Poirier in their rubber match this past July, as the decorated fighter snapped his leg in the bout’s opening round.