Cormier: McGregor 'taking it way too far' trash-talking Poirier, Khabib
Daniel Cormier believes Conor McGregor has crossed the line in the trash-talking department.
The former UFC champion and current commentator pointed to McGregor's recent comments about Dustin Poirier's wife and a since-deleted tweet seemingly aimed at Khabib Nurmagomedov as unacceptable behavior.
"I feel like from him talking about Dustin's wife to now Khabib's father, he is just taking it way too far," Cormier said Wednesday on his "DC & RC" podcast.
McGregor posted - and then deleted - a tweet Tuesday that read: "Covid is good and father is evil?"
The message appeared to be a response to Nurmagomedov writing, "Good always defeats evil" after McGregor lost to Poirier at UFC 264 earlier in July, as well as a reference to the fact that Nurmagomedov's father and longtime coach, Abdulmanap, died in 2020 from COVID-19 complications.
"When you're dealing with death and (COVID-19) and all these other things that we've dealt with over the last year-and-a-half, that's all off-limits," Cormier said. "We talked about wives and families being off-limits. But when you're talking about a man's everything - Khabib's dad was his everything - and you're talking about him being gone today due to something that has been so terrible for our entire world, and you use that in a sense to get back?
"You know what's probably most disturbing? This wasn't done the day after the fight or the same night of the fight. This was done weeks after the fight. So it feels like it was thought of - and it was thought through - for Conor to tweet something like that."
Despite back-to-back losses to Poirier in 2021 and a tirade of insensitive trash talk afterward, McGregor remains the biggest star in mixed martial arts. Cormier finds it peculiar that "The Notorious" still has such a large fanbase.
"Honestly, when Conor does stuff like that, it's hard to understand how there's still this mass amount of people that support that type of behavior," he said.
Cormier said McGregor's tweet was, in some ways, "a cry for help."
"Conor has all the money in the world. He has all the fame," Cormier said. "But now, when you start to dig at that level, somebody needs to get to McGregor and help him, right? Start to kind of re-shift his mind and his focus and get him back to a better place. It's unfortunate."