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Midnight Mania! Daniel Cormier fires back in Conor McGregor feud, ‘worry about the dudes that keep beating your ass’

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Daniel Cormier vs. Conor McGregor is likely not the feud many expected heading into 2021. After all, “DC” is long retired, the two are separated by dozens of pounds, and Cormier is generally pretty amiable with the active talent. However, Cormier — like many others — was critical of McGregor’s post-fight behavior and Twitter antics, which appears to have struck a nerve.

In particular, Cormier described the Irish athlete’s attack on the deceased Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov as a “cry for help.” Since that quote, McGregor has responded on a couple occasions during his tweet-and-delete sprees, recently calling Cormier a “fat drunk f—k” over a disputed low kick check.

Now, Cormier is answering back. “DC” isn’t interested in continuing the feud, but instead offers advice to McGregor: worry about the opponents in the cage.

“So McGregor, listen to me bud,” Cormier said on his video podcast, DC and RC (via MMAFighting). “Stop worrying about me. Don’t worry about Daniel Cormier. Don’t worry about the things that I’m saying. Don’t worry about how I’m dressing and how I’m looking. Don’t do that. Worry about the dudes that keep beating your ass every time you go into the octagon.

“I’m not the guy you’ve got to worry about fighting,” Cormier continued. “I’m done. I’m retired. I’m living my best life. You need to worry about trying to beat the guys that you fight against. Get off the internet. I don’t hate this dude, but McGregor, fall back.”

Furthermore, Cormier reiterated that its his role as an analyst to critique McGregor’s performances and actions. In addition, he stands by what he said about Dustin Poirier checking McGregor’s low kicks, noting that the only effective kicks were landed in the opening minute.

“The reality is, McGregor is a high-level fighter, but when I said it was a cry for help, I did it with no ill intent,” he said. “This was just me saying, find some people that are willing to step up and say, ‘Hey man, let’s get everything right.’ But the reality is, I don’t need to be friends with Conor McGregor. So I really don’t care what he says about me personally. I’m going to continue to do my job. And where he deserves praise, he’ll get praise. Where he deserves to be critiqued, he will get critiqued.

“But all those kicks were landed in about in a minute. For the last four minutes of that round, it was Dustin Poirier beating up Conor McGregor. Let’s not forget what happened in the fight. So let’s not get too distracted with all the other stuff.”

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