The latest chapter of the Conor McGregor vs. Brock Lesnar saga has arrived, and the last man to speak out on it? None other than the Beast Incarnate.
The former NCAA Division I heavyweight wrestling champion, former UFC heavyweight champion and former WWE world heavyweight champion had a lot more to say than usual.
None of it nice.
“I take s--ts bigger than that kid,” Lesnar told WWE podcaster Sam Roberts (transcription via Jose Youngs of FanSided). “Come on, guys. I know you guys all play f--king video games, and you live in this f--king false sense of reality and s--t. I’m 200 and f--cking 90 pounds, all right; this guy's 145 pounds, and that’s if he’s lucky and gets up and f--king eats his Wheaties."
Warning: Video contains NSFW language.
The vitriol comes from two weeks back, when McGregor had a controversial response to a reporter's question about whether he was angling for a gig with WWE. According to Cody Williams of FanSided, he called the majority of the current talent "p-----s" and singled out Lesnar by saying "fair play to Brock, he got in a fight, but at the end of the day, he’s juiced up to the f--king eyeballs, so how can I respect that?"
He later added to that on Twitter, which resulted in wave of backlash from past and present WWE wrestlers, including Roman Reigns, AJ Styles and Ric Flair. McGregor would later double down (warning: more NSFW language) on the criticism in another interview.
Lesnar defended himself and cosigned the notion for his co-workers:
If Conor McGregor wants to say some s--t to me and get his name out there more than he already has, by dropping my name, I got about 10 f--king words for him. Come here face-to-face Conor and say it to my face. Otherwise leave me and the f--king WWE out of it because I came to your arena and kicked ass. Now if you want and you’re so f--king tough, come to our arena and try to kick some ass.
Any continuation of McGregor's feud with the WWE likely hinges on the results of his UFC 202 fight with Nate Diaz on Saturday, given that the entire purpose was probably to attract attention to the event. Lesnar, meanwhile, has a busy schedule as well and will face Randy Orton in the main event of SummerSlam on Sunday.
It will be interesting to see what kind of response McGregor's performance—win or lose—gets from the WWE roster.