Conor McGregor is back in the spotlight again -- is he ever really out of it? -- with a headline match at UFC 202 against Nate Diaz coming up in a couple weeks. Rather than zero his focus in on Diaz, who beat him handily at UFC 196, McGregor has decided to spread his infamous smack talk far and wide with some landing on the shoulders of WWE, its wrestlers and its fans.
Asked on a UFC 202 media call whether past rumors about him continuing his fighting career one day in WWE had any legitimacy to them, McGregor responded with this gem, also throwing some darts at two other famous WWE-UFC crossovers.
"I have thought about it. For the most part, I think these guys are [expletives], to be honest. They're messed up [expletives], if you ask me," he began, via MMAJunkie.com. "Fair play to Brock [Lesnar]; he got in and fought, but at the end of the day, he was juiced up to the [expletive] eyeballs. How can I respect that? The other guy [CM Punk] hasn't fought yet, so I don't know about him yet."
What McGregor is referring to, of course, is Lesnar testing positive for a banned substance following his UFC 200 victory over Mark Hunt. Punk, who left WWE and joined UFC in 2014, has yet to have a mixed martial arts fight after spending some time training and seeing injuries push back two fights.
But that's not all McGregor had to say about WWE.
He doubled down on his comments early Sunday morning, saying in a tweet that he "meant no disrespect" to WWE fans but was rather talking about the performers themselves. "What I meant to say was that I'd slap the head off your entire roster. And twice on Sunday's."
I didn't mean no disrespect to the @wwe fans. What I meant to say was that I'd slap the head off your entire roster. And twice on Sunday's.— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) August 7, 2016
Former WWE world heavyweight champion Roman Reigns, who himself is recently coming off a "wellness policy" violation that saw him miss 30 days with the company, responded emphatically. Reigns, at 6-foot-3 and 265 pounds (compared to McGregor at 5-foot-9 and 170 pounds), has a good point here.
Your the size of my leg. Shut up. https://t.co/fBVEdf8hE1— Roman Reigns (@WWERomanReigns) August 7, 2016
Other wrestlers (including those not with WWE) and wrestling fans responded similarly.
The way Nate Diaz Stockton slapped you or nah?https://t.co/PGDrBcVum7— MVP (@The305MVP) August 7, 2016
Maybe McGregor should just worry about guys his own size and concentrate on not getting beaten a second time by Diaz.