Conor McGregor is renowned for three things; his devastating left hand, his sharp dress sense and his killer wit.
However, there was one time when ‘The Notorious’ was left genuinely lost for words before a fight.
McGregor was briefly lost for words before knocking out Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205Getty Images – Getty
McGregor returns to action this weekend at UFC 257 to face Dustin Poirier in a rematch of their 2014 shootout.
Back then, under the glitzy Las Vegas lights, Poirier became emotionally riled up by ‘The Notorious’ and fought like an angry fighter – playing into McGregor’s left hand.
A deceptive clubbing left hook placed above the ear was all it took for ‘The Diamond’ to fall, but the damage was done before in the trash talking leading up to the fight.
But McGregor did not have the war of words all his own way when he fought Eddie Alvarez for the lightweight title in 2016.
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Alvarez accused McGregor of taking welfare money from single mothersFox Sports
After rocking up to the UFC 205 press conference in a customised Rolls Royce, wearing a Gucci mink coat to honour ‘Smokin’ Joe Frazier, the featherweight champion claimed he was the cash cow of the organisation.
But Alvarez proved he was not just there to take part and scythed the contender down to size.
“You were on welfare brah. You ain’t no man, you took welfare,” declared the ‘Underground King’ on Fox Sports.
“Don’t you talk about money, you took money from single moms, single moms go on welfare. Don’t talk about money. Keep your mouth shut when you talk about money.”
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The Irishman tried to utter a response, but seemed genuinely shocked into silence. Before reaching the dizzying heights of the UFC, McGregor did in fact collect benefits to support himself while fighting.
The plumber’s apprentice collected a welfare cheque before his UFC debut in 2013 where he won a $60,000 bonus for his performance and has come a long way since.
Alvarez’s small win in the case, though, mattered very little in the end and may have actually provoked McGregor.
Although ‘Mystic Mac’ was incorrect with his prediction of a first round KO, he dropped Alvarez four times en route to becoming the first ever UFC ‘champ-champ’.