Alexander Volkanovski is, and always will be, a classy act.
So when arguably the greatest trash-talker in mixed martial arts history decided to have a pop at him, the Aussie refused to pander to it and came out with the perfect response instead.
In typical Conor McGregor fashion, the Irishman decided to rain on Volkanovski's parade just a matter of minutes after his emphatic victory over Brian Ortega at UFC 266.
Before the featherweight champion even had his hand raised by referee Herb Dean, McGregor had already fired off a tweet slamming Volkanovski.
He tweeted: "I'd kick this Volkanovski head off like it was a rugby ball I was kicking. 5'4 and full of muscle! Hahahah little fart he is. Not even a little fart. A shart hahahah jackass."
The post itself has since been deleted, perhaps because McGregor didn't quite get the rise out of Volkanovski he was hoping for.
Rather than hit back with a few savage comments of his own, the Aussie star simply laughed it off.
"I heard about it. Sounds like he's on the piss. Good on him, I will be too," Volkanovski said during his press conference.
"Something about sharting, farting, it didn't really make sense.
"It's Conor doing Conor things, good on him. I don't know if he wants to come back down to 145 (pounds) - well, obviously that'll never happen."
Alexander Volkanovski responds to @TheNotoriousMMA's tweets before and after his fight.- MMA Junkie (@MMAjunkie) September 26, 2021
"Sounds like he's on the piss. Good on him. So am I." :joy:#UFC266 ' Full video: https://t.co/tQed1SupgG pic.twitter.com/K9Ck2ygNyG
The grinning champion was then told that McGregor's remarks came directly after the commentators said that Volkanovski had now beaten the two greatest featherweights of all-time in Jose Aldo and Max Holloway - an accolade also shared by McGregor.
"Ahhh ok. That would've stung him a little bit. Especially while he's on the piss, you know," Volkanovski replied.
"I'm gonna be on the piss, maybe you'll see some weird f**king tweets from me too."
Incredibly, Volkanovski's victory over The Ultimate Fighter rival coach Ortega means he enters an elite club of mixed martial artists to start 10-0 in their UFC careers.
The Australian fan favourite joins the likes of Anderson Silva, Khabib Nurmagomedov, Royce Gracie and Kamaru Usman to remain undefeated after 10 bouts in the premier promotion.
And judging by both his performance and his post-fight comments, Volkanovski doesn't plan on stopping that streak anytime soon.
"All you doubters, I'm going to prove you wrong time and time again," he told Daniel Cormier in his octagon interview.
"Bring it. About f**king time [you start respecting me].
"Keep doubting me. I love it. I'll be underdog to the day I die."
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