The beef between former UFC double champion Conor McGregor and welterweight veteran Matt Brown shows no signs of slowing down. Ever since the ‘Immortal’ scored yet another knockout win in his victory over Court McGee earlier this month, the ‘Notorious’ Irishman has been goading the longtime action-fight veteran.
The reason behind McGregor’s provocation apparently lies in the fact that Brown tied Derrick Lewis for most knockout wins within the promotion, at 13. The accomplishment apparently set the former double-champ and combat sports superstar off. McGregor originally posted that he would break Brown’s record, since he’s nearly a decade younger.
Once Brown learned about McGrergor’s tweet, he took the opportunity to call out the former champion on Twitter. After all, what better way for either man to add to their tally.
Matt Brown thinks Conor McGregor is no longer relevant
On May 27, Brown added a little bit more fuel to the flame when he appeared on Michael Bisping’s Believe You Me podcast. During the conversation, the Immortal got into the subject of his recent rivalry with Conor McGregor and expressed his feelings about the former champion’s current lifestyle and the current state of the Irishman’s career.
“You can headline that, and it won’t be bullsh-t. Conor, I think he’s lost like four or his last five. He hasn’t f-cking done nothing.”
“Everything you see, it’s him drinking and getting coked up, or he’s juiced out of his mind. That’s f-cking bum life to me. All that money don’t make you not a bum. You’re still a bum to me, bro. When you step in the cage, you’re still a bum to me.”
McGregor’s (now deleted) response
Matt Brown’s quotes seem to have struck nerve with McGregor. Earlier today (May 30), the former champion posted a short tweet that simply read ‘Matt Brown. Heroin addict’. The now deleted post makes a reference to the welterweight’s own self-admitted past battles with drug addiction—a life that, by all appearances, Brown seems to have left far behind him for the world of mixed martial arts.
Conor McGregor expected to return in 2023
Currenty on a two-fight losing skid, Conor McGregor (22-6) was last seen losing via TKO to former interim lightweight champion Dustin Poirier in each of his last two fight, in July and January 2021. The 34-year-old’s last win dates back to January 2020, when knocked out now-retired veteran Donald Cerrone in a welterweight match.
For now, McGregor is one of the captains of the Ultimate Fighter 31, where he will be competing against Michael Chandler’s team. Though the fight between both leaders does not have a date to happen yet, the Irishman was happy to announce that he did not have any more problems with the USADA in a recent interview with Mirror Fighting.
Meanwhile, Matt Brown (24-19) bounced back from a split decision loss to Bryan Barberena in March 2022 when he knocked out McGee to tie the record for most knockouts in the promotion. The 42-year-old is currently running even at three wins and three losses since returning from ACL surgery in 2019. That run includes KO wins over Dhiego Lima and Ben Saunders as well as losses to Carlos Condit and Miguel Baeza.
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