If there was a line to cross, Conor McGregor crossed it a long time ago. The boisterous Irishman sent the MMA world into a frenzy last year when he stole then-champion Jose Aldo's featherweight belt at a UFC press conference in Dublin.
McGregor also upset fighters and fans when he claimed he would beat Jesus Christ in a fight and pushed the boundaries when he targeted Rafael dos Anjos' kids at the UFC 197 - rescheduled to UFC 196 - press conference in January.
Former middleweight kingpin Anderson Silva, who was subject to years of trash talk from Chael Sonnen, is familiar with McGregor's antics but warns "The Notorious" to watch what he says about Brazilians.
"He's doing his job very well," Silva said at a recent media scrum to promote his fight with Michael Bisping at UFC Fight Night London (h/t Brad Popkin of MMA Mania). "He's very intelligent and knows exactly what he's doing. But Rafael cannot get led on by his antics because it didn't work out very well for Jose Aldo. I think both Jose Aldo and Rafael dos Anjos can beat him. I also think that Conor McGregor should really be careful about what he says about Brazilians because the last person who spoke about a Brazilian, it didn't end too well for him."
Conor McGregor made history by KO'ing Jose Aldo in just thirteen seconds to seize the UFC featherweight title at UFC 194 and will look to become the promotion's first ever simultaneous two-division champion when he challenges Rafael dos Anjos for the lightweight belt at UFC 196. And, if he's successful on March 5th, his coach hasn't ruled out the possibility of a welterweight title fight against champion Robbie Lawler in the future.
Anderson Silva, who has served his one-year suspension by the Nevada Athletic Commission after testing positive for steroids at UFC 183, will engage with Michael Bisping at UFC Fight Night 84 on February 27th in London, England.