During a recent appearance on MMA on Sirius XM, Anthony ‘Lionheart’ Smith, responded to Conor McGregor’s recent video that was posted over the weekend, making fun of Smith and UFC welterweight, Belal Muhammad, while they were working the analyst desk for UFC Fight Night: Holloway vs. Rodriguez.
In the video, McGregor was heard saying, “Stop man, what the fuck is this,” while busting up laughing.
Here’s what Smith had to say about the video.
“This is the second time that Conor’s come at me, and this was not even my fault,” Smith said. “I don’t give two shits what Conor thinks about me, but I don’t know why he’s taken aim at me twice. But as I thought about it, I think I figured it out. Conor has been uber, uber successful. He’s made more money than he can ever spend. He’s made true generational wealth. Like his kids, kids, kids, kids are gonna be just fine because of the things that Conor has accomplished. What Conor can never get back is he’ll never be one of us again, and it drives him absolutely crazy. He used to be. He used to be one of us.”
“You know I found myself sitting at the desk wondering, ‘does Conor miss what it felt like to be in the gym and just be one of the guys?’ Because he’s alienated himself, from everybody. Like I’ve been around him a little bit. I don’t know him, but I’ve been around him and he was one of the guys. He kind of sold out and he started – he starts taking shots at people and he kind of sold his soul for all that money. And thats fine if thats what you wanna do. But I think sometimes it’s less about him trying to get a headline. I think sometimes it’s less about him wanting to take shots at people and be that guy. I think that it eats him alive that he’s never gonna be one of the guys again. That he’ll never fit in in our group. He’s not one of our peers anymore.”
McGregor, 33, has been on a rough skid ever since losing to former lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov in 2018, and has won just one fight in the last four years.
Most recently, the former two division champion snapped his ankle during his trilogy fight against Louisiana’s, Dustin Poirier, at UFC 264 in July of this year.
Video clip of Anthony Smith’s response: