UFC featherweight contender Brian Ortega is coming off a huge knockout victory over former champion Frankie Edgar at UFC 222 in March says he’s not impressed with former champion Conor Mcgregor’s wannabes.
When you think about trash talkers in MMA, the only person that pops into your mind is Conor McGregor in some showy suit, mocking his opponent. He’s no pioneer to these rants; smack talk has been going on, inside and outside of combat sports, from a long time. Other popular trash-talkers that come to mind are, Mike Tyson, Floyd Mayweather, and Muhammad Ali, the common thing in all of them is champion.
Several fighters who are inspired by McGregor’s antics, including his teammate and training partner Dillon Danis who recently made a successful Bellator debut is certainly among one who is trying hard to be his mirror. Rising welterweight contender Colby Covington who also look up to McGregor’s playbook to self-promote his fights.
Ortega recently spoke with MMAJunkie.com that he’s fed up of seeing fighters trying hard to imitate Mcgregor’s style:
“There’s only one Conor. Everybody who’s tried to be like Conor, you can tell they’re just fronting.
“You can easily see, you can tell by the way the go in there – you’re just like, ‘Come on. Shut up.’”
“For me, I’m just me. That’s what I realized the best thing to be is. When I talk to people, they’re like, especially getting into the sport, (they’re like), ‘Oh, you’ve got to be a character. You’ve got to be this.’ And my coach told – and I don’t know if I can cuss or not – but he goes, ‘F-ck that.’ He’s like, ‘Just be you, bro. You don’t have to lie on the thing. You don’t have to pretend. You don’t have to remember some thing you made up before.’ He goes, ‘Just be you, and you can’t go wrong with being you.’
“So that’s what we did, and I’m happy I stuck to it, man. Because I’m just me. If I ever get pissed off, I’m legitimately pissed off. So far it hasn’t happened.”
Do you agree with Ortega’s assessment of fighters who imitate Mcgregor’s persona?