(at the time of writing I am just waiting for the press conference after UFC 229 Conor McGregor vs Khabib Nurmagomedov. Something happened tonight at the event. No spoilers here at this point, but I will probably be updating this post later in the afternoon with my take on the upcoming result)
For those of you who don’t know that, I am a huge MMA fan. Once in a while, I turn my day upside down to see a UFC event from Las Vegas. As tonight, UFC 229 Khabib Nurmagomedov vs Conor McGregor. There is no secret that I am not a Conor fan, in fact, I think that he is the perfect psychopath.
As for many athletes, actors etc, the fame and money has taken the best of Conor McGregor. I absolutely love his dedication for work, but his social skills are either totally lacking or… genius. You see, this tiniest man with the biggest mouth can get virtually everyone out of balance. Including me, who really couldn’t care less. Everyone who is into the sport has an opinion about Conor. The funny thing is that most of the people love him! Despite of the way he acts and presents himself. Those young boys that want to be just like The Notorious without thinking that he is acting as an… ape.
I know that he makes the organisation a ton of money and is one of the golden boys of UFC (alongside Jon Jones, whom – if you follow my writing – you know that I really dislike), however… at this point of time he has managed to wrap the organisation around his little finger and can pretty much do no wrong.
From the moment he enters a press conference, to the words he uses, to the products he is allowed to promote (meanwhile UFC has removed all the individual branding and logos from fighters in the octagon and replaced it with generic Reebok apparel), it seems like he has his own set of rules. Had someone else acted this way, he (or she) would be removed from the scene. Instead, Dana White and everyone else is defending everything (i mean EVERYTHING) Conor does and says – including his attack on a bus a while ago (the press conference has now started) for what he was arrested.
So what does Conor do? He goes to the extreme on everything – the clothes, the talk, the money – and we get dazzled and buy the whole act. He is a showman, but in my opinion, there is a fine line between a showman and a clown. And the moment we support this kind of behavior – we cheer, we buy t-shirts, be buy PPW etc, we are not much better. Imagine if a person you knew was behaving the same way, would you allow it, and better yet – support it?
It’s funny how one set of rules applies to regular people and another to celebrities. Someone with whom we interact in the real world would be called a psychopath meanwhile someone else is Notorious. If you are interested in studying a Psychopath Mastermind, study Conor McGregor. More people should.
(Image: UFC.com with my own edit)