Conor McGegor – and his fans – put on a show at the UFC 205 press conference on Tuesday. One of the most fantastic moments came when some poor working comedian on the dais interrupted the Conor McGregor show to say that he was the hardest hitting guy in the 145-pound division. McGregor turned and said, “Who the f*** is that guy? Who the f*** is that?” The moment will live forever as a meme that reminds the world how great a sh**-talker Conor McGregor is.
— Mike Dyce (@mikedyce) September 28, 2016
It will also be a constant reminder of how little Jeremy Stephens has done with his life despite spending a good portion of his time fighting on the main card of UFC shows.
Jeremy Stephens, 30, has been in the UFC since 2007. He’s 25-12 in his career and a 23-fight UFC veteran. As such, he’s one of the rare people in the highest tier of the Reebok pay scale. He’s headlined two events and won 6 bonuses for Fight or Knockout of the Night.
Stephens is someone you know if you’ve been around the sport for any length of time, but McGregor very simply reminded him of his actual status in the world. In MMA, celebrity is as important as talent and McGregor is one of the pound-for-pound best in both categories.
Stephens tried to respond after the press conference, but it doesn’t matter. It was too late. The damage was done. Jeremy Stephens suffered the most devastating loss of his career and he wasn’t even in the cage when it happened.
— FOX Sports: UFC (@UFCONFOX) September 28, 2016
McGregor also took the opportunity to call out Floyd Mayweather.