Boxing heavyweight world champion Tyson Fury was one of the many combat sports personalities who criticized UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor after losing to former lightweight title contender Nate Diaz.
McGregor was forced into submission halfway through the second round of UFC 196’s main event bout when Diaz was able to successfully lock in a rear naked choke.
What was more notable about Diaz’s win was that he only had barely two weeks to prepare, as he was only tapped as a late replacement for the injured lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos, who pulled out due to a broken foot.
The 30-year-old Stockton, California native also had more points of advantage over the Irishman in terms of height, reach, and having a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and being a more superior grappler, overall.
Because of McGregor’s penchant for incessant trash talk towards his opponent, many from the industry and fans alike were heavily critical towards McGregor, especially after he lost.
In a report by Boxingscene, Fury joined in the fray, ripping “The Notorious” for his submission loss.
“Both top UFC fighters lost this weekend, Holly Holm showed more than Conor McGregor,” Fury said. “The fighting pride of Ireland would not of tapped so easy Conor McGregor. I would of went sleep first. There can only be one Tyson Fury.”
The 27-year-old British boxer has also built a reputation for himself as one of the loudest talkers in the game today. That said, he was being his classic self with his statements against McGregor.
He did, however, open up the pass debate between boxing and mixed martial arts as the more superior form of professional prizefighting.
“If a man talks the bizo then go and back it up. If I say a thing I do it,” Fury said. “MMA… gets hard tap out, boxing is the ultimate combat sport. Where two proper fighters stand up and fight.”