Conor McGregor is facing sharp criticism after calling another fighter “a faggot.”
On October 21st, the Irish pro boxer (and reigning UFC Lightweight champ) was chatting with Artem Lobov following a fight with Andre Fili.
To console Lobov after his loss, McGregor said, “He [Fili] was a faggot.”
“And everyone knew he was a faggot and I was calling him a faggot.”
The video was uploaded to the official UFC Twitter account but taken down after the backlash.
That didn’t stop others from reposting it, however:
— ?Curtis? (@fuufnf) October 21, 2017
“There’s no need to use words like that,” Fili told MMA Fighting.
“You don’t need to demean other people to make yourself seem bigger.
Whenever you hear someone use that word or call someone a ‘bitch,’ that makes you look so insecure.”
Other fans expressed outrage upon learning that a working-class Irish boxer would ever use such filthy language:
homophobia still so inherently linked with toxic masculinity. case in point: conor mcgregor brazenly shouting faggot ringside + backstage
— ?Jason (@jsnbarnes) October 24, 2017
Here’s national treasure Conor McGregor repeatedly referring to someone as “a faggot” tonight https://t.co/88ZxfAUIcR
— Richie McCormåck (@RichieMcCormack) October 21, 2017
Conor McGregor is that lad who called you a faggot at school and thought every gay guy fancied him.
Not even with a barge pole, pet. pic.twitter.com/H3sjPOSMhe
— shane telford. (@MrShaneReaction) October 23, 2017
Conor McGregor happily throwing “faggot” into his repertoire and cementing his position as Ireland’s worst children’s entertainer. https://t.co/yWt2FdUlYw
— Mallow News (@MallowNews) October 21, 2017
Conor McGregor can’t do wrong in Irish people’s eyes, wether he makes a racist comment or says “faggot”. So embarrassing.
— Igor ? Brodecki (@ibrodecki) October 25, 2017