Chael Sonnen, meet your 145-pound trash-talking match.
Even before Conor McGregor earned a unanimous decision over Max Holloway this past weekend (Sat., Aug. 17, 2013) at UFC Fight Night 26, "Notorious" was calling out all the other Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) "shmucks" who weren't making the most of their golden mixed martial arts (MMA) opportunities.
Even though he was disappointed in his winning performance, which he blamed on a tweaked knee, McGregor continued to ratchet up the pressure on his Featherweight stablemates, calling Cub Swanson "old," Clay Guida "boring" and Dustin Poirier a "peahead," among other incendiaries (read more here).
It seems as though 145-pound fighters are not his only targets, with McGregor going out of his way earlier this afternoon to call out on-again, off-again Lightweight firebrand Diego Sanchez.
His Twitter.com attack:
@DiegoSanchezUFC You're the fattest, sloppiest, slowest Martial Artist i've ever laid eyes on. I'd go up to 170 to whoop your fat ass. EASY.— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) August 22, 2013
For what it's worth, Sanchez is already scheduled to take on former Strikeforce champion Gilbert Melendez at UFC 166, which takes place at Toyota Center, in Houston, Texas, on Oct. 19, 2013 (more details here). Meanwhile, McGregor has taken a page out of the Sonnen playbook and called out Diego Brandao (more details here), who also successfully competed on the "Shogun vs. Sonnen" fight card that aired on FOX Sports 1.
And The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 14 winner unofficially accepted.
Who McGregor -- an outspoken fighter who the promotion is more than eager to promote -- fights next is unclear at this time. However, what is crystal clear is that he's now got more than enough options on that table, between two separate weight classes.
Sounds a lot like a loud-mouthed "Irish Gangster" in the making.