Conor McGregor was anything but humble when he picked up the Fighter of the Year award at the 2016 World MMA Awards.
The Irishman didn't attend the expo in Las Vegas, but his presence was known. "The Notorious" appeared on the big screen and insulted all of the fighters in attendance.
Jeremy Botter of Bleacher Report captured the footage and uploaded it to YouTube (transcripts via MMA Fighting's Hunter A. Homistek)
"I apologize for not being there," McGregor said. "There's another man that must be slain, another champion that must be dethroned. There's more numbers that need to be broken. I need to feed all you bums. I need to feed every single one of yous in the game, so I've got to keep working, because yous bums don't work."
After ridiculing the entire UFC roster, McGregor then shifted his attention to Fabricio Werdum and called the heavyweight champion a "pussy" for pulling out of his fight with Stipe Miocic at UFC 196.
"You got the heavyweight champion, who's a pu--y, pulling out with a sore toe. How is the heavyweight champion going to pull out with a sore toe? What kind of champion is that? The game is on its knees, so I apologize I can't be there at the awards, but I am out here putting it in, working, putting in the true work, the work it takes to keep every one of yous fed.
"So thank you, and thank me."
Werdum was originally scheduled to defend his title against Cain Velasquez but the former champion pulled out of the bout citing a back injury. Top contender Stipe Miocic was announced as a late-replacement but Werdum withdrew from the fight after citing injuries of his own.
The PPV was shifted to a Fight Night event and welterweight studs Johny Hendricks and Stephen Thompson were bumped up to the main event. UFC Fight Night 82 kicks off later tonight at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Conor McGregor will be moving up to lightweight to challenge divisional champion Rafael dos Anjos at UFC 196 on March 5th. The featherweight title holder will look to become the promotion's first ever simultaneous two-division champion.