Conor McGregor is discovering how unforgiving the martial arts community can be after Floyd Mayweather Jr jumped on the bandwagon mocking the UFC star following his latest defeat.
‘The Notorious’ broke his tibia before suffering a technical knockout defeat to Dustin Poirier at UFC 264 on Saturday when the fight failed to go past the first round.
McGregor, 32, endured a three-hour operation to fix the damage done to his leg, telling his fans he’ll need six weeks on crutches but intends to “come back better than ever.”
But Mayweather was only too happy to prolong his former foe’s misery and posted a photo of a seated McGregor with one small-but-significant edit.
The image has been distorted to show McGregor’s left foot rotated 45 degrees at the ankle, and ‘Money’ captioned the post: “Y’all got it twisted! I like how his shoes fit. Now, do the stanky leg” alongside a crying-with-laughter emoji.
‘Stanky Legg’ was the debut single released by GS Boyz in 2008, but a dance associated with the song has cemented its spot in meme culture.
McGregor responded without acknowledging the leg, instead using it as an opportunity to seek another pair of the same Dolce and Gabbana shoes he's wearing in the photo: "Hahaha yes!
"My dark brown crocodile leather dolce and gabbana shoe. Loved those shoes. Beauties! Miss them. Photo circa 2015, California USA. Hey @dolcegabbana could I get another few fresh pairs of these again please, you know my address. Thank you, with love. Ciao."
It was clear Poirier was winning Saturday’s fight after the first round, with two of the official judges even scoring it 10-8 to ‘The Diamond’ after the opening five minutes.
But McGregor remained defiant as he laid against the cage while being seen by medical staff, screaming: “I was boxing the bleeding head off him, kicking the bleeding leg off him.
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"This is not over. If I have to take him outside…
"Your wife is in my DMs, hey baby, hit me back up I'll chat to you later on, I'll be at the after party; The Wynn night club."
Poirier’s wife, Jolie, took the opportunity to get her own slice of revenge over McGregor for taunts he made in the build-up to the trilogy fight, giving him the middle finger from across the octagon.
Mayweather, 44, outclassed the Irishman when they met inside the ring in August 2017, securing a 10th-round finish to cement his 50-0 professional legacy as arguably the best boxer of all time.
The American icon has since returned to boxing in exhibition bouts against kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa and YouTuber Logan Paul in 2018 and 2021, respectively.
Mayweather described his eight-round affair with Paul as a “legalised bank robbery” and claimed to have made more than $100million from the bout.
The 50-0 fighter wasn’t the only one of McGregor’s former opponents to comment on the outcome after The Notorious suffered back-to-back MMA losses for the first time in his career.
Khabib Nurmagomedov, the former UFC lightweight champion who submitted McGregor in October 2018, tweeted: "Good always defeats evil. Very happy for @DustinPoirier I hope you will get the belt end of the year.
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Not only was Mayweather pleased to see his old adversary lose at UFC 264, but he also made a handsome $35,000 profit after placing a $50,000 bet on Poirier to win the trilogy clash.
McGregor wasn’t impressed by those numbers, however, and replied to Money’s winning bet slip with two crying laughter emojis, mocking the ‘meagre’ $35,000 returns.
UFC president Dana White suggested after UFC 264 that Poirier and McGregor may meet for a fourth time, while The Diamond told TMZ “anything is possible” when asked about another rematch.
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