Conor McGregor has responded to ESPN commentator Stephen A Smith after the tv personality said he didn't show enough against Donald Cerrone to worry Khabib Nurmagomedov or Jorge Masvidal.
At UFC 246 it took McGregor just 40 seconds of his comeback to pick up the first round stoppage win against Cerrone, with a potential fight with Masvidal in his future.
After the fight Smith wasn't happy with Cowboy's performance, saying, "Here's the deal: 15 seconds in, 'Cowboy' Cerrone was done. He got hit with those shoulders in the clinch, and he was done. It look like he gave up. It was just an atrocious performance on his part."
However Joe Rogan wasn't happy with the analysis and, speaking on his MMA Podcast discussed Smith saying, "With fighting, you have to know it, or no one's going to respect you," he said. "If you don't know what you're talking about and you're talking about it in front of millions of people, man that's a bad look for everybody. It's a bad look for ESPN, it's a bad look for him, it's a bad look for the sport. It's like... there's other people that can do this."
Smith took to Twitter to hit back at Rogan saying, "Mad respect to Joe Rogan. Nothing but respect for the man and the tremendous work that he has done and will continue to do throughout the years and for years to come. But you're wrong on this one my man."
Finally McGregor chimed himself on Twitter to say that Smith was right about him not having the chance to show that he was ready to take on Masvidal, or have a rematch with Khabib, but refuted the idea Cerrone didn't try.
The call you discuss here is A+. I didn't show enough. I'm not paid by the hour though. Joe's comments however, come from you saying the opposition fighter quit. Broken nose/orbital bone say different. Fighting is vicious. Those who make the walk deserve full respect!- Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) January 26, 2020
Smith himself responded on Twitter:
Sir, mich respect to the great @TheNotoriousMMA. My recollection on what I said is "That's the way it looked." Cowboy Cerrone is a perennial top-10 fighter. Much respect to him for the lengthy career he has had. Wishing him nothing but the best. But I don't think it's unfair to..- Stephen A Smith (@stephenasmith) January 26, 2020
say that more than 40-seconds was expected from as tough of an SOB as he is, @TheNotoriousMMA. Nor do I think it's wrong to assume that there's no way that's 40-second fight would take place w/ you vs Nurmegamedov or Masvidal. We expected more than what we got. Props to YOU for..- Stephen A Smith (@stephenasmith) January 26, 2020
Tremendous respect for you @TheNotoriousMMA, along with @joerogan. Both of you are fantastic for the @UFC. I wouldn't enjoy it nearly as much without the both of you. I wish you both prosperity in the future. But we clearly disagree about Cowboy's performance on Jan.18.#RESPECT- Stephen A Smith (@stephenasmith) January 26, 2020
Who do you think is in the wrong?