Rising British star, TUF 17's Luke Barnatt appeared on Monday’s episode of The MMA Hour, and accused Conor McGregor of having a fake following on Twitter.
"Paradigm is the management company that I believe that Conor McGregor is under," alleges Barnatt as transcribed by B/R. "They have this interesting concept that they believe that your following is depicted by how many people you have on Twitter, so your whole MMA following, if you've got followers on Twitter, then obviously you’re a big deal, and they find that easier to go out and get sponsorships and make you look important.
"So they employ this thing called Tweetbot. You pay a certain amount of money, and you get these fake followers. So they’re built and they’re made by a computer, and they follow certain people. If you go through the followers, the Paradigm guys, not all of them but some of them, you’ll find these rival accounts that make up a lot of the percentage for people who is following. Yeah it makes them look like they’re a big deal, it makes them look like they’ve got lots of fans, and it makes them look important."
"I’m not jealous of Conor, he’s a cool guy. I've met him a few times. But I just think if you want to be fake and you pretend like you’re a big deal by getting all of these followers then calling out people like Diego Sanchez is weak, and things like that start to irritate me. If you’re going to call somebody out, for one you call somebody out in your own weight division, and number two, you call somebody out who is coming off of a win. You don’t call somebody out who’s a loser. What’s the point in that? It don’t make much sense in my eyes."
McGregor has found notoriety with a speed not seen since Brock Lesnar,. In the space of less than a year he has gone from being on welfare to wearing custom made suits and hanging out with UFC president Dana White in a Ferarri.
Regardless of the veracity of Barnatt's allegations, McGregor has used it to excellent effect. Most recently the Irishman got Diego Sanchez to agree to a fight.
Diego Sanchez @DiegoSanchezUFC
@TheNotoriousMMA dublin 170
Conor McGregor @TheNotoriousMMA (78,360 Followers)
@DiegoSanchezUFC My very first request was for it to be at 170lb. Ive already messaged Dana and Shelby. This fight WILL happen.
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