Conor McGregor Curses at TMZ Photographer over Nate Diaz, 'Whoop Jesus' Comments

Gianni Verschueren@ReverschPassFeatured ColumnistFebruary 25, 2016

TORRENCE, CA - FEBRUARY 24:  UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor speaks during an interview after a news conference with lightweight contender Nate Diaz at UFC Gym February 24, 2016, in Torrance, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
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UFC star Conor McGregor had a confrontation with a photographer from TMZ after his heated press conference with Nate Diaz, cursing at the staffer and calling him an "idiot" after he asked the Irishman about some of his comments.  

The photographer was the same man who quizzed McGregor about his claims he would "whoop Jesus" back in December.

TMZ Sports shared video of the confrontation on Thursday, as the photographer—identified as "Charlie"—asked McGregor about a comment he made about Diaz that used the word "cholo." The UFC featherweight champion didn't like the question one bit (Warning: Video contains profanity):

Per the report, McGregor told the same photographer he would "whoop Jesus Christ's ass" back in December before stating the two were "cool," as "gods recognize gods." 

Here's the "cholo" comment the photographer was referring to, courtesy of UFC Europe (Warning: Language is NSFW):

UFC Europe @UFCEurope

Here we go!!! Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz trading bombs at the #UFC196 presser on https://t.co/ja99IBJNVL https://t.co/pGwH6d0ya7

Wednesday's press conference ahead of their bout in Las Vegas at UFC 196 got personal fast, showing the bad blood that exists between the two fighters. Per MMA Mania's Adrian MacNair (Warning: Link contains profanity), Diaz kicked things off by calling out McGregor after a win over Michael Johnson in December.

McGregor was supposed to fight Rafael dos Anjos for the lightweight title at UFC 196, and once the Brazilian dropped out with an injury, a bout with Diaz became an easy sale for McGregor, per the Associated Press (via the Guardian). 

ESPN's Michelle Beadle was one of many who enjoyed the verbal warfare the two served up in their first press conference:

Michelle Beadle @MichelleDBeadle

The McGregor-Diaz presser is exactly what a Deep Blue-Kasparov pre-competition trash talking would have sounded like. Exactly.

The TMZ photographer clearly thought the "cholo" remark was out of line, although Elias Cepeda of FoxSports.com noted Diaz also "managed to be offensive toward minority groups," but those comments didn't receive nearly as much publicity.

McGregor will face Diaz at UFC 196 on March 5.