What was supposed to be Conor’s big return to MMA after scoring a 40-second TKO win over Donald Cerrone was given somewhat a black eye.
While Conor was getting ready in the locker room, social media started buzzing after several offensive and vulgar tweets started circulating. The Tweets came from the account of UFC welterweight champion, Kamaru Usman.
And they were rather obscene and took aim at Conor and his partner, Dee Devlin:
Naturally, Usman denied it was him who sent the tweets and claimed that his account was hacked, something his manager, Ali Abdelaziz, backed up:
Guys Kamaru Usman’s @USMAN84kg Twitter has been hacked UFC is working on getting it back.
— Ali Abdelaziz (@AliAbdelaziz00) January 19, 2020
Keep in mind, Ali is also Khabib’s manager, and Ali and Conor have very real hatred toward one another. So when asked about the incident during the presser, Conor felt it was something Ali would do.
“I’m pretty skeptical of that,” McGregor said afterward (transcription via MMA Junkie).
“Skeptical of that, because one came through early, and it had all the hallmarks of that little (expletive) weasel Ali.
“They give him control of the accounts. He had Frankie (Edgar’s) account, he had Henry (Cejudo’s) account. This has been going on a while.”
“Ali gets it and write something through their thing. I’ve been in discussions with some of these athletes, as well, to try to come on board and help them out with that, he added.
“Then the way it was written, I knew exactly where it came from, and now all of a sudden a little bit heavier ones then it became a hack job.”
“Whatever. I don’t know what the (expletive) is going on tonight. It’s been a weird night. Two guys doing the mad stuff. I don’t know.”
Ali has been accused by many people in the past of taking over his fighter’s accounts and posting for them.
When you couple that with Ali and Conor’s beef, you can’t blame him for being skeptical.
“I don’t think it was Usman,” McGregor said.
“Don’t care, man. I don’t care. I actually don’t care. It just had all the hallmarks of a man that’s done that multiple times.”
“I didn’t even see it originally – I saw one originally, and Dana and sent it to me and said, ‘This is what happened.’ I didn’t see what happened; I just saw the rest of them,” he added.
“The first one had all the hallmarks of a man logging in and doing his thing with clients that he represents. This has happened since years. I’m talking like – I’ve been dealing with this multiple times. Whatever.”
Let’s hope it was indeed a hack job because this is an ugly look for anyone involved if it proves to be otherwise.
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