The narrative tied to Conor McGregor’s now infamous outburst at UFC 223’s media day is that it was motivated by Khabib Nurmagomedov’s earlier exchange with Artem Lobov. But, Kevin Lee has a different take on the situation.
Since McGregor and his entourage vandalized the bus Nurmagomedov was on at the card’s media day, and because the Irish star was filmed yelling at someone to get out of the vehicle, the consensus is “The Eagle” was the target. While many cited Nurmagomedov’s previous run-in with McGregor’s buddy and teammate, Lobov, as the impetus for the incident, some have questioned whether the now former champ was just looking for press.
”Real recognize real,” Lee said. “It’s childish, it’s immature, it’s all of the above. I think Dana put it best, it’s just disgusting. He’s taking from other people’s careers too and he doesn’t even really understand what he’s doing. I think a lot of that is just frustration. I think the man knows he’s not the real champ. He knows he’s getting out-shined by all these guys and he just wants that press. he wants to prove that he’s tough, when we can see right through the bulls**t. You ain’t that tough. No matter how big you want to scream and shout, you’re just not that tough. If you were tough enough you’d sign that line and fight somebody. To show up, do all that big hoopla, you know you weren’t gonna get anything from it except some bad publicity.”
Now, would McGregor have still shown up at media day, and fired a dolley through the window of the bus Nurmagomedov was on, if the exchange with Lobov didn’t go down? It’s hard to believe he would have. But, is McGregor on some level, envious of the hype Nurmagomedov is getting? That’s certainly possible. And, could his anger have been fuelled by the fact a lot of folks believe Nurmagomedov would beat McGregor? Sure.
The big questions now is, will a Nurmagomedov – McGregor fight materialize later this year? If it does, it could very well be the biggest in MMA history.
Lee, meanwhile, is scheduled to fight Edson Barboza at UFC Fight Night 128. The April 21st card will take place in Atlantic City, New Jersey.