It goes without saying that Conor McGregor has rubbed a lot of people the wrong way with his latest antics on social media. His attacks on Dustin Poirier and Khabib Nurmagomedov and their families, along with more recent beefs with Daniel Cormier and Michael Bisping, have drawn ire far and wide. The latest to express his frustration is UFC light heavyweight and analyst Anthony Smith.
In an interview with Low Kick, Smith shared his displeasure with McGregor’s tactics. Smith also points out that he’s no stranger to twitter beefs, but there are lines you shouldn’t cross:
“I can’t handle the tweeting stuff. I didn’t like it when he was attacking Khabib (Nurmagomedov) and his family and his religion and the personal stuff. Me and Luke Rockhold have gone back-and-forth several times and neither one of us has ever attacked each other personally. Even Jon (Jones) and I, I mean, it got a little personal but it hasn’t really crossed over to like, too much. He’s made some jokes and he thinks he’s funny and whatever. but it’s never gotten to that point where we were attacking each other’s families.”
Smith thinks that maybe life experience might have something to do with it, but that’s not really an excuse to him:
“With Conor it’s just, it’s too far, it’s way too far. Take all this fighting bullsh-t out of the picture, like people get shot for a lot less than that just walking down the street, I don’t know. Maybe I just grew up different. Maybe I’ve grown up different and I’ve seen some crazier sh-t… Like I’m just so shocked that he (McGregor) has the balls to (do this). Like I don’t understand why you feel so free to say things like that, like is he really that untouchable and really just feels like he’s just free to say what he wants? Maybe, I guess he’s got a bunch of security around him. There’s some people that you can’t talk like that about. It’s just weird to me.”