Fight fan retaliates after savage Conor McGregor insult

Conor McGregor’s return is off to a roaring start.

The former UFC featherweight and lightweight champion announced his plan to return to the Octagon on Jan. 18 against an unnamed opponent — Donald Cerrone is seen as the frontrunner — at a news conference in Moscow on Thursday.

During the conference, McGregor was asked if he had plans to visit Dagestan since he was in Russia. Dagestan is a semi-autonomous republic in southwest Russia that is notable in this case for being the homeland of Khabib Nurmagomedov, the current UFC lightweight champion who dominated McGregor. But it’s very clear McGregor wants a rematch.

McGregor’s response was predictable.

A man in the crowd threw a bottle at Conor McGregor during a press conference. (Image: RT Sport)

“I wouldn't go to Dagestan to take a s*** and that is the truth,” the fighter said.

Well, turns out insulting a region of 3 million people is going to leave some of those people quite unhappy.

A man apparently from Dagestan confronted McGregor at another Moscow media event on Friday for insulting the region, and the words quickly escalated to a water bottle being thrown in McGregor’s direction.

"All the people? My father, my brother ... you think are all cowards?" the man asked, to which McGregor answered, “Yes,” three times.

As the man was escorted away by security, McGregor simply said, “Shut up, you fool.”

MOSCOW, RUSSIA - OCTOBER 24, 2019: Former UFC lightweight champion, Irish mixed martial artist Conor McGregor, gives a press conference. Stanislav Krasilnikov/TASS (Photo by Stanislav Krasilnikov\TASS via Getty Images)

This is very obviously not the first time McGregor has seen pushback for insulting comments, and not even the first time he’s had a water bottle thrown in his direction at an event.

The Irishman and another of his rivals, Nate Diaz, exchanged water bottle tosses in the run-up to their fight at UFC 202.

From Jose Aldo to Khabib Nurmagomedov, McGregor has never been shy about taking shots at the homes of his opponents. That nature reached its low point when he called Nurmagomedov’s wife a “towel” on Twitter with a picture of her wearing an Islamic wedding garb. McGregor’s recent controversies also include a reported second allegation of sexual assault.

Enjoy the pay-per-view numbers, UFC.

Jack Baer - Yahoo Sport US