On March 5, 2016, Conor McGregor will take on Nate Diaz at the highly anticipated UFC 196 pay-per-view event which will take place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. To create more hype for the big event, both McGregor and Diaz showed up for a press conference in which they used the time to give fans a pre-fight fight, which came in the form of a verbal showdown. However, one serious matter seemed to sprout up from the verbal exchange, so serious in fact that the FBI is getting involved in the incident.
Fan Sided reports that an American MMA fan took to Twitter to tell McGregor to tone down his speech as this isn’t Ireland, where MMA fighter Conor McGregor hails from. The user claimed that “we use guns not fists” here in America and that McGregor should be leery of “guns” and “crazy people” which he indicated may include himself as he posed with an AK-47.
The Twitter user took to the social media platform to call out Conor McGregor for “talking down” neighborhoods and to point out that the MMA fighter is no longer in Ireland where guns are banned. The user told McGregor that “in the hood we use guns not fists” and that McGregor would be best to remember it before he talks.
“@TheNotoriousMMA Be careful talking down on neighbourhoods, you don’t run sh** here except the UFC, and in the hood we use guns not fists this ain’t Ireland. [sic]”
When other users called out the fan noting that they doubt McGregor is concerned about his empty threats, the user then posted an image of himself hold an AK-47 as he noted that “we got guns here & plenty of crazy ppl [sic]”
The threat is being taken very seriously by the UFC and the FBI has even gotten involved. Zombie Prophet notes that they had been contacted by the FBI who is investigating the situation.
Follow @mikedyce who helped me break this story. Its got legs. i’ll be speaking with the FBI shortly
— ZombieProphet (@ZProphet_MMA) February 25, 2016
So what set off the crazed fan with the AK-47 so much that the FBI needed to get involved? Your guess is as good as the next, but it could have been any of the slew of insults that Conor McGregor threw at Diaz during the pre-UFC 196 press conference. You can watch Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz go at each other at the press conference in the video below. Warning: video contains strong language and may not be suitable for all viewers.
However, it doesn’t appear McGregor is letting the FBI involvement in the death threats or Diaz stop him. He hasn’t mentioned the incident on his social media accounts and is instead posting videos from his training sessions.
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) February 24, 2016
Despite the controversy, McGregor is still riding high and is in high demand right now. In fact, Conor McGregor earned the spot as the first Irishman to grace the cover of Sports Illustrated.
What do you think about the psycho fan threatening Conor McGregor on Twitter? Does it surprise you that the FBI is getting involved in the social media deaht threat?
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