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Firas Zahabi has had his say on the Dubliner’s recent unsightly actions.
Tristar MMA head coach Firas Zahabi has given his opinion on the recent controversy surrounding former two-division UFC champion Conor McGregor, condemning the Dubliner as “a pathetic, sorry excuse for a human being“. Giving his post-UFC 241 analysis on the Tristar Gym podcast, Zahabi was asked by a fan, his opinion on the April incident involving McGregor and an elderly pub-goer at the Marble Arch pub in Drimnagh, where CCTV footage shows McGregor punching the patron after a dispute over his Proper Twelve whiskey.
“It’s indefensible, there is no defense for this, except McGregor, is a pathetic, sorry excuse for a human being. How do you punch an old man because he doesn’t want to drink your whiskey? Who can defend this? You punch an old man then you run? What a disgusting display. I don’t care how much money you have or how famous you are. If this is the type of person you are then your value is zero. I’m sorry to have to say this. This is an embarrassment to MMA. It’s an embarrassment to us all. When the media says MMA people are animals, when they say MMA fighters are brutal, that they are savages, this is now going to be harder for us to defend.”
The long-time head coach to former welterweight and middleweight champion Georges St-Pierre goes on to explain his disgust for the situation and the video footage which shows ‘The Notorious’ one throw a left hand toward the elderly man, who is alleged to have denied a measure of whiskey as he had already ordered a taxi home.
“There are few things I will lose it on. This is one of them. If I was there when this incident happened, believe me, it wouldn’t have went well. I would have got up out of my chair, I would have been very upset. You don’t punch an old person in the face. I don’t care what that old man said. What if he insulted him? Who cares? He’s an old man. Maybe the old man has dementia. If some old man walks up to me and calls me a motherf**ker or whatever he says to me, I would say, ‘Sir, can I help you across the street?’ I don’t care if the man curses me out. He’s an old man. You cannot strike an old man.”
Zahabi tells how he is under the impression that McGregor’s coaching staff and people within his camp and inner circle would share the same feelings toward the incident, before praising the Irish people and community.
“I’ve been to Ireland many times, I love the Irish people, I love Ireland. They are such great human beings, they are close-knit people. They are positive people, their energy is amazing. But I am sure ninety-nine percent of Irish people who saw that are disgusted. I am ninety-nine percent sure his coaching staff is disgusted. Everybody’s disgusted. I don’t care what that old man said, there’s no reason to hit that old man. It’s disgusting.”
McGregor, who last fought at UFC 229 in an ultimately unsuccessful attempt to regain his lightweight championship from Khabib Nurmagomdov, recently directed a congratulatory message to former opponent Nate Diaz, after the Stockton native’s UFC 241 victory over Anthony Pettis, hinting at a possible trilogy match in the future. McGregor made the post on the third anniversary of UFC 202, accompanied by a picture of the pair after their rematch.
“3 years to the day myself and this Mexican warrior went to war. Congrats on the win this weekend Nate, it was motivating to see if for my own comeback. I don’t blame you for not mentioning me for the trilogy bout post-fight, you know what I’m like when I get going. Vicious. I loved the round 3 style from round 1 that you implemented, it’s what I was hoping you’d implement for this bout and was glad to see you do it. I’ll be prepared for it when we go again. If we go again. If not, respect always. A war for the ages. No bi**h talk. Just real s**t.“