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If you have been paying any attention, you know today was full of bad news for mixed martial arts (MMA). First, Conor McGregor goes and shoves referee Marc Goddard, then slaps an official just for good measure. Then, to give an aftertaste to that bad flavor in our mouths, Anderson Silva went and popped positive again, bumping him out of his UFC: “Shanghai” main event against Kelvin Gastelum.
The McGregor news, though, seems ... familiar. It’s a trope we’ve seen, in fact, almost as often as we’ve been watching the behavior of superstars. The story goes, a young, successful star breaks into the public consciousness. Somehow, in a combination of luck, timing, charisma and talent, they get to the top, they have everything they ever wanted, and then... they lose focus. They make public missteps. Drug use is usually involved.
Then they do something like this:
McGregor shouted "that was a fucking stoppage" and ran back towards the cage. Goddard then ejected him pic.twitter.com/OImxiwq7f7— Peter Carroll (@PetesyCarroll) November 10, 2017
There were many “takes” online today on McGregor’s antics, ranging from serious to funny. Dan Hardy blamed money:
It's amazing how quickly money corrupts. Even someone who seems to have a strong mind will make a beast of themselves before long.— Dan Hardy (@danhardymma) November 10, 2017
There is also this: McGregor seems as though he is at that point in his career where he no longer has any bigger challenge to channel that energy. He loves to party, and there is some evidence that he isn’t doing his partying substance-free.
To clarify, you can use drugs without being a substance abuser, but when it leads to behaviour which consistently impacts those around you negatively, that's abuse.— The Naked Gambler (@NakedGambling) November 10, 2017
Trust me, this is my forte.
Conor has talked before about doing better in life when he has immediate goals to work toward. For a long time, he has done nothing but hit bigger and bigger goals. He won a Cage Warriors Featherweight belt, then their lightweight crown. Next, he was climbing the Featherweight rankings. Then, he was taking on short-notice Chad Mendes for an interim title; knocking out Jose Aldo in 13 seconds; moving up in weight to face Nate Diaz. His first, embarrassing UFC loss to Diaz could have been a setback; instead, McGregor insisted on an immediate rematch. He edged out Diaz at UFC 202 and immediately turned around to win the Lightweight crown at Madison Square Garden. That was the the point he outgrew the sport, and stepped into the world of boxing. His last fight was a $100 million payday against the highest paid athlete in all combat sports, Floyd Mayweather.
Where does he go from there? That’s the top of the proverbial mountain. He’s got to come back down now ... at least a little bit. No fight is going to have the feel of a “first”, unless UFC gets really ridiculous and gives him Georges St-Pierre for the Middleweight title.
He needs something, though, or this might be the watershed moment. This might be the day we look back on as the time the wheels fell off the McGregor train.
Is McGregor becoming self-destructive?
This poll is closed
No, he’s just being himself as always
Yes, fame is getting to him
A little column A, a little column B
Bellator wasted not a second using McGregor’s antics to promote its event. For them, this was as good as gold.
You get the feeling McGregor feels he is invincible, that he is the center of the world. Why shouldn’t he be? Everything has been about him for so long. But, take a look at the concussed fighter Marc Goddard is trying to pay attention to.
Is it the end of the world? No. But if you’re asking what’s wrong with excited friends jumping into cage, here’s a just-concussed MMA fighter getting knocked over in aftermath. pic.twitter.com/c1scrfqfgr— Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) November 10, 2017
The jokes abound:
This wasn’t McGregor and Goddard’s first encounter. Goddard also warned the Irish star (watch it) to sit down at UFC: “Gdansk.”
Even Mike Goldberg’s got jokes!
(He also loves the Irish) ...
I️ fooking love all the Irish Fans!— Mike Goldberg (@GoldieOnTV) November 10, 2017
What will the official response be? Is McGregor really too big to punish? They’ve got him, and GSP. That’s about it for superstars. But when he gets a slap on the wrist, it is just going to reinforce that he now lives in a world with no consequences.
“I don’t care how mad you are, how upset you are,” White said during a scrum with reporters following a media day for UFC 174 in Vancouver. “You don’t touch a referee ever. Unforgivable. Don’t come back, ever.” https://t.co/2qvh19cC1U— Jon Jones To RIZIN (@meyer1244) November 10, 2017
McGregor earlier today:
Gunnar Nelson is up to fight Darren Till, who returns the sentiment. Liverpool or London? Doesn’t fucking matter son!
Im game big boy— Gunnar Nelson (@GunniNelson) November 10, 2017
Doesn’t fucking matter son— Darren Till (@darrentill2) November 11, 2017
Nick Newell has an idea for who should step in now that Anderson popped positive ...
Paulo Costa should step in vs Gastelum........— Nick Newell (@NotoriousNewell) November 11, 2017
“Platinum” Mike Perry is up for a trip to Middleweight, too:
Megan Anderson is proud of her tats.
Pay-per-view (PPV) estimates for UFC 217 are approaching that 1 million mark. It would seem GSP lost none of his drawing power.
Good news for the Muhammed Ali Expansion Act ...
HR 44 The Muhammad Ali Expansion Act gets 4 more co sponsors. Up to 57 now https://t.co/KrY4xAEV2a— John S. Nash (@heynottheface) November 10, 2017
This is some strong Scottish brogue coming through in tweet format.
If yae walk aboot wearing shorts in this weather,yer a fud simple ♂️— Robert Whiteford (@Flyinjudoka) November 10, 2017
An already shredded Northcutt looks inhuman after a weight cut. Look at those quads. Almost disconnected from the rest of his legs.
On weight! Feeling ready pic.twitter.com/g6xSM5A2pS— Sage Northcutt (@sagenorthcutt) November 10, 2017
Robert Whittaker is willing to fight St-Pierre wherever he wants.
Stop holding pads like this!
random video of the night, surprisingly good info in here https://t.co/1ksqOxaAku— Kevin Ross (@dasoulassassin) November 11, 2017
The Iceman, living up to his name in Hawaii.
Slips, Rips, and KO Clips
This was a laser-guided fist to face!
That’s an amazing knee!
I wanted to see Alexandr Shabliy fight outside of Russia, but I'll take it. Some of the best knees in MMA. Give us Shabliy vs. Akhmet Aliev. pic.twitter.com/l0c2Mqv1A6— caposa (@Grabaka_Hitman) November 10, 2017
This? This is an entrance ...
Genki Sudo with one of the greatest back takes and submission finishes in UFC history at UFC 38 in his promotional debut. pic.twitter.com/Hktkz3ysn2— Bestrafer7 (@Bestrafer7) July 13, 2017
Some old-school brawls for you:
Pretty sure this was my favorite fight in 2014:
José Aldo vs Chad Mendes II. The Fight of the Year for 2014. pic.twitter.com/eQWH3GEGRj— Scott Bond (@_ScottBond_) June 1, 2017
Arlovski’s last great win:
Browne vs Arlovski was a wild one! pic.twitter.com/zMtlM9zXYH— Scott Bond (@_ScottBond_) June 1, 2017
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Air travel in the 1930s seems like more fun
Inside of an Airplane in 1930 pic.twitter.com/45L7DbTH1Q— Lost In History (@HistoryToLearn) November 10, 2017