Conor McGregor may not fight until July, but the UFC’s most lucrative superstar remains one of the most talked about people in the fighting game.
“ The Notorious ” once again reignited their war of words with welterweight champion Kamaru Usman on the eve of their respective returns to action.
Usman will defend his 170-pound title against bitter rival Jorge Masvidal once again at UFC 261 in Jacksonville next month, with the vitriol between the pair more intense than ever.
McGregor – who fights Dustin Poirier for the third time in July – delivered one of his most famous lines in 2015 when he said it was ‘night of the red panties’ when you signed for fight it because of the amount of money it generates.
And it looks like ‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ took inspiration from the Irishman as he rolled out a very similar line in an ESPN interview.
“It’s green panty night when you beat me,” Usman said. “It [Masvidal] doesn’t get pay per view and stuff like that all by itself.
“He has to beat me. And so, yeah, is he the biggest name in the division among all these guys? Absolutely.
“But it’s the first one I’m doing right now in the division.”
McGregor clearly took offense at making up his classic phrase and took to Twitter to express his disbelief as Usman’s blatant plagiarism.
He wrote, “Am I tripping or is that jerk still here?” Everything I say.
The two clashed in January 2020 ahead of McGregor’s return against Donald Cerrone, with a series of expletive Tweets from Usman’s account just hours before the fight angering the former two-weight world champion.
McGregor will return to the Octagon on July 10 at UFC 264 when he takes on Dustin Poirier in their trilogy match.
It looks like he’s taking a rather unusual approach to enhancing his smile, posting his new set of grunts on social media ahead of the fight against ‘The Diamond’.