Lee (16-3 MMA, 9-3 UFC), a UFC lightweight who meets Edson Barboza (19-5 MMA, 13-5 UFC) in a UFC Fight Night 128 categorical eventuality after this month, typically has an opinion on only about everything. The takes have poured in given McGregor’s (21-3 MMA, 9-1 UFC) now-infamous rampage on UFC 223 fighters in Brooklyn final week, that led to a “his detain and being chrged with assault.
“The Motown Phenom” was asked about a conditions during a media scrum currently in Las Vegas, that MMAjunkie attended during a UFC Performance Institute. In his initial answer on a subject, he done it transparent he doesn’t have a enterprise to give some-more attention, given McGregor already has some-more than adequate of it.
“I consider we do have to censure some of a media for floating a dude’s conduct up, and he only feel like his (expletive) don’t stink,” Lee told MMAjunkie. “I consider a lot of what we see is frustration. we consider he knows he ain’t been a champ for a while. He don’t know what else to do. He’s behaving like a child. It’s retarded. we ain’t going to give that cokehead too most press.”
The whole conditions involving McGregor stemmed from an occurrence early in UFC 223 quarrel week. Headliner Khabib Nurmagomedov (26-0 MMA, 10-0 UFC) confronted undercard warrior Artem Lobov about statements he’d done in interviews, and a slap allegedly occurred. Considering Lobov is one of McGregor’s good friends and training partners during SBG Ireland, “The Notorious” motionless to tract a retaliation.
McGregor flew to New York, where UFC 223 was being held, and following media day managed to enter a Barclays Center with a vast organisation of cohorts. That’s where a purported conflict went down. McGregor is hold on fasten throwing a barrow into a window of a bus, that was transporting mixed fighters, including Nurmagomedov. UFC 223 competitors Michael Chiesa and Ray Borg suffered injuries and were forced to withdraw from their scheduled fights.
According to UFC President Dana White, McGregor believes plea “had to be done” after a occurrence with Nurmagomedov and Lobov. However, Lee pronounced he’s not shopping it.
“That’s only a quarrel game,” Lee said. “What Khabib did we didn’t feel was disrespectful. we didn’t see zero out of line. And if it was out of line that’s not a approach to go about it. we consider Conor, he wants to be this gangster, he wants to be this thug, yet he ain’t unequivocally from there. If it’s me, we got in this diversion to get divided from that, to get divided from carrying to do (expletive) like it. It seems like he is perplexing to get there and afterwards he’s going behind to where we came from it. It’s retrograde to me. It don’t unequivocally make sense.
“You can tell a male don’t know what he’s doing, given when we have that form of money, we ain’t ostensible to chuck (expletive). You ostensible to be out somewhere holding adult a journal in front of cameras: ‘I ain’t nowhere nearby a scene. But somebody will get touched.’ That whole conditions is laughable. It’s diverting to someone like me, and we hatred giving it press really.”
Aside from a fact McGregor is a former champion of a weight category in that Lee competes, he also had a tie to a conditions with former competition Chiesa, who was forced to lift out of his scheduled quarrel with Anthony Pettis after pang cuts from cracked glass.
Lee submitted Chiesa during UFC Fight Night 112 in June. But even yet they’ve had copiousness of passion (and have even got physical outward a enclosure themselves), Lee pronounced there’s no fun in saying an trusting bystander like Chiesa remove an opportunity.
“I feel bad for a dude,” Lee said. “I unequivocally do. we wish it had been me on that bus. We would have caused a demonstration in that (expletive). There ain’t no approach they would have hold me on that bus. we feel bad for a male like Mike. Mike don’t wish to harm a fly. He should stop display adult for media stuff. He only keep removing strike in a head. If we was a UFC, we would only stop scheduling a dude to do media. It ain’t operative out too good for him.”
In his interruption thoughts on McGregor’s latest drama, Lee sent out a warning. McGregor’s arise to a tip of a competition was discerning and impressive, yet given his August fighting compare with Floyd Mayweather, it seems as yet life has begun to unwind. Lee pronounced he unequivocally hopes McGregor can get all in sequence after his latest mishap, given eventually he wants to share a octagon with a biggest star in a sport.
“It’s dangerous to start celebration that Kool-Aid in all senses of it,” Lee said. “In a quarrel sense, we consider a male knows he’s not a genuine champ. He doesn’t smoke-stack adult good opposite us large three. You’ve got Khabib, you’ve got Tony (Ferguson), and you’ve got me. He’s going to remove to all 3 of us. So there’s that frustration. Then a man, he’s not a genuine gangster. Yeah, he competence have grew adult poor, yet they operative class. They ain’t unequivocally travel people. He wish to be from a streets so bad that it’s dangerous. It’s dangerous to play around with that. we know it only means I’ve seen it, and we know people that are genuine in it. You play around with them folks, we can’t do that for too long. They don’t give a (expletive) about your money. we know a lot of dudes that don’t.
“We’ll see how it shakes out. we wish him zero yet a best. we wish zero bad on a man. we wish him a best. we wish he can spin it around, and I’m looking to make some income with him. There’s some fights to be made.”
UFC Fight Night 128 takes place Apr 21 during Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. N.J. Lee vs. Barboza headlines a FS1-televised label following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.