“I am my own man,” declared former Crumlin amateur and current UFC Superstar Conor McGregor after heavyweight World Champion Tyson Fury indicated the Dubliner has copied his approach.
Former Irish champion admitted McGregor, who fights Jose Aldo for the UFC featherweight title in Vegas this weekend, drew his attention to mixed martial arts and a different code of combat sports, but said a lot of McGregor’s antics were taken from him.
“I am familiar with a man named Conor McGregor. I think he copied me in everything he does. I was the first trash talker – big time – in these shores, first one in Ireland.
“Then all of a sudden, he started copying me, this Conor McGregor guy,” he told Ariel Helwani on The MMA Hour: “I grew a big beard. He grew a big beard.”
“I talk bulls–t about everybody, he starts talking bulls–t about everybody. And it worked for the heavyweight champ of the world. It must work for Conor McGregor , some guy who’s like 140 pounds or whatever is.”
At the UFC 194 pre-fight press conference, Helwani asked the Dubliner what he thought of the boxer’s claims and McGregor responded.
“There are many times in the game you get compared to other fighters. I’ve been compared to everybody.
“I’ve been compared to Muhammad Ali and now you are trying to compare me with me Tyson Fury … I’ll continue to say I am my own man, I am on my own journey.
“Tyson is an amusing character. I am me, I am nobody else but me.”