UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor has once again made it abundantly clear that he’s not on good terms with Showtime Sports executive Stephen Espinoza.
The two got off to a shaky start back in 2017 when McGregor said he felt that Showtime had been setting him up to look like the bad guy during the lead up to McGregor’s boxing super-fight with Floyd “Money” Mayweather.
McGregor called Espinoza out at a press conference, labelling the high ranking executive as a “weasel” when the Irish mixed martial arts superstars microphone was cut off during a press tour stopover in Los Angeles. McGregor went on to lose his matchup with Mayweather at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Starting strong, the Irishman put on a solid performance in the early rounds before wilting due to fatigue. The bout was stopped in the tenth round after McGregor was deemed as being no longer able to defend himself effectively.
UFC president Dana White has vowed that he will never work with the Showtime network again in a recent conversation with Yahoo Sports’ Kevin Iole, after the network released news that the bout between Mayweather and McGregor was the second highest ranking pay-per-view in the United States, behind the 2015 bout between Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao.
“It was the biggest boxing event ever without a boxer, there was only one boxer involved in the fight. I still question [the numbers]. The way that they handled that press release and what they did — I didn’t trust them before and now I despise those f*cking guys. The Showtime guys, I’ll never work with them again. Ever. I’ll never work with Showtime again,” said White.
Espinoza responded to White’s comments via Twitter, saying that it was strange to be “despised” for telling the truth regarding the pay-per-view numbers drawn by the event.
Sounds like he's upset because we committed the cardinal sin of telling the truth (when we released the accurate total for N. American PPV buys on MayMac).
Strange that telling the truth, in a press release vetted by all parties in advance, is something to be "despised" for. https://t.co/rFxKXz0Bjz
— Stephen Espinoza (@StephenEspinoza) January 5, 2018
McGregor quickly fired back, slamming the executive and labelling himself and Mayweather as “Global Kings”.
Shut your weasel mouth. Who gives a fuck about the North American numbers when we are the GLOBAL KINGS you shmuck. WORLDWIDE. No.1! https://t.co/tq5Gj1Os7Y
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) January 5, 2018
Check out the response from McGregor below and let us know what you think! Were the pay-per-view numbers accurate, or did Mayweather vs McGregor actually break the all-time pay-per-view purchase record?