Member Since: 2/22/13
Not a Conor hater. I Despise some of the shit he does but think he’s genius in other ways.
I just watched the ESPN interview and found it staggering...
It’s the first time I’ve seen Conor appear desperate and rattled. It looked like a former great - always used to being in control of his destiny - genuinely worried about his credibility and brand.
I don’t think I’ve ever seen Conor stumble or lost for words. His no-nonsense, face-it-all attitude - and unflinching confidence - evaporated when he was confronted with explaining why he punched a stranger for not drinking his whiskey. Looked like a lost little kid who was being scalded by his Dad.
This is a guy that prides himself on being a warrior. The way he used injury as an excuse for the Khabib loss was embarrassing. Going to great lengths to detail his dislocated toes and giant swollen foot like it was a legendary war-wound: the Conor of old would have sucked up the loss like a man, jumped back on the horse and done his talking in the cage.
The weak reverse-psychology tricks against Nate, throwing subtle taunts to a guy who wouldn’t even mutter his name in victory. Suddenly it looks like Nate - the ‘Mexican Cholo’ - is the one playing chess against Conor’s checkers. A 3 year lay-off and then steps back into the game and dismantles a former champ with no drama.
Before people start pointing to Conor’s bank balance as some kind of benchmark of success, ask yourself why a guy who has ‘fuck you’ money would even care about doing an interview like that. He obviously cares about how people perceive him and his fighting legacy. He can see his homeland beginning to turn on him - pouring his business down the drain - and I think the realisation has hit him that success can be lost just as quickly as it’s earned.
At this point, the man just needs to cut the bullshit; get out of the tabloids; back into the gym and onto the road to redemption.