Conor McGregor’s three-word response to UFC star’s money jibe
Conor McGregor has picked a fight with yet another UFC rival in welterweight Ben Askren.
McGregor has not fought since he was choked out by lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov last October.
While Nurmagomedov went on to defend his title again by beating Dustin Poirier last weekend, McGregor has been embroiled in controversy.
He knocked a phone out of a fan’s hand in Miami earlier this year before allegedly punching a 50-year-old man in a Dublin pub, an incident caught on CCTV.
The Irishman is currently recovering from a hand injury but hopes to return either late this year or early in 2020.
Since Nurmagomedov’s win McGregor has been called out by Poirier and Justin Gaethje who takes on Donald Cerrone this weekend.
And now Askren, who has won one and lost one in the UFC this year, has taken a shot.
“Let’s be serious, [McGregor] made too much money to ever have the desire to train at world champ level,” he tweeted.
“He ain’t getting younger those times are gone. Only “glory days” and hot air now.”
McGregor responded simply: “Why so serious?”.
Askren hit back: Some of us do real work for a living. Not parading around like a drunk a ** punching old people and stomping on phones like a pouty child. Looking forward to an incoherent response.”
Again McGregor said: “Why so serious?”.
A fight with Askren is unlikely with McGregor planning to return at lightweight and earn another shot at the 155lb title.
The 31-year-old could take on the winner of Gaethje’s clash with Cerrone with the winner then fighting for the belt next year with Nurmagomedov set to first defend it against Tony Ferguson.
Gaethje has been relentless in his criticism of McGregor and said: “If the little Irish f*** wants to come back then I’m right here, I’m the perfect guy to bring him back.”