Fabricio Werdum: ‘I would have slapped Conor McGregor at UFC 197 press conference’
UFC heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum was among those watching Wednesday’s UFC 197 press conference in Las Vegas, which promoted the March 6 fight between McGregor and lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos.
The Brazilian fighter was disappointed with McGregor’s demeanor and he was especially bothered by the constant insults the champ had for Rafael dos Anjos.
“When have a fight with my friend, you have a fight with me, too,” Werdum said. “We’re a family. If you say something bad, you pay for this for sure.”
Werdum took particular exception to McGregor’s habit of talking over dos Anjos when the lightweight champ was asked questions by reporters during the press conference.
“When [reporters] had a question for Rafael and he talked over him, this is no good,” Werudm said. “If it was my opponent, I would do this [Werdum makes a gesture like throwing water in his face, then makes a slapping sound], I’d say ‘be quiet.’ But that’s not Rafael’s personality. He’s a smart guy, okay, he controls himself, he just thinks about the fight.”
“It’s very important to respect,” Werdum said. “You have your space, I have my space. We have a fight, why do you touch me before. I thought Conor McGregor wasn’t showing respect. It’s not good. If he does it to me, he has a big problem. It think it’s very important he respects my space and I respect his space.“
Rafael dos Anjos and Fabricio Werdum train together at Kings MMA. While the lightweight champ has his match scheduled for March 5, his heavyweight colleague will fight February 6 against Cain Velasquez and defend his belt for the first time.