Stephen A. Smith crafts a very smart reply to Conor McGregor’s ‘Apologize!’ comment

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Former UFC champion Conor McGregor and ESPN analyst Stephen A Smith got into a twitter banter last week. Conor McGregor knocked out Donald Cerrone in just 40-seconds at UFC 246.

Following this, Smith was present at the Arena alongside UFC commentator Joe Rogan talking about the fight. Smith bashed Cerrone during the post-fight show and said that he “quite disgusted” by Cerrone’s performance. He went as far as saying  “it look like he gave up”.

Joe Rogan then went on a rant against Stephen A Smith on his podcast called ‘Joe Rogan Experience‘.

With fighting, you have to know it, or no one’s going to respect you,” he said. “If you don’t know what you’re talking about and you’re talking about it in front of millions of people, man that’s a bad look for everybody. It’s a bad look for ESPN, it’s a bad look for him, it’s a bad look for the sport. It’s like … there’s other people that can do this.

There’s a lot of currency in being a Stephen A. Smith, you know? He’s really entertaining. The s–t-talking that he does …. he’s a guy that’s fun to watch. He talks a lot of s–t and he gets real loud and everybody disagrees with him. Look, it’s made him a fantastic career. That’s why, and he carries that over to MMA. I think it’s a bad idea.”

Stephen A Smith says Joe Rogan was wrong

After this, Smith took to Twitter where he posted a 3-minute 30-second video and said that Joe Rogan was just wrong.

I don’t claim to be the aficionado you are or anybody else covering the sport,” he said. “But excuse me? I have been a reporter for 25 years; I have covered sports on a variety of competitive levels regardless of what the sport is. That includes boxing and the UFC.

It don’t take much to look at three shoulder shots to the nose that Conor McGregor gave ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone, watching him fold inside of 20 seconds, knowing that he only got one strike off, and oh, by the way, that was blocked by Conor.

Conor McGregor did not get the opportunity to show us enough. For us to believe Nurmagomedov or Masvidal, that’s something that could potentially happen to them. I didn’t see it, because ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone, in his first pay-per-view match, folded. I respect him, but he folded like a cheap tent. Period. Bad night for him. Bad night. That’s all. And I stand by that. And I’m going to still stand by that.” (H/T – NYPOST)

This attracted a reply from Conor McGregor where he essentially told Stephen A Smith to apologise to Donald Cerrone.

The call you discuss here is A+,” McGregor wrote on Twitter. “I didn’t show enough. I’m not paid by the hour though. Joe’s comments, however, come from you saying the opposition fighter quit. Broken nose/orbital bone say different. Fighting is vicious. Those who make the walk deserve full respect! Apologize.

Stephen A Smith doesn’t plan on apologising

However, it looks like Stephen A Smith has no plans of apologising as he showed it to his carefully crafted message to Conor McGregor on Twitter.

Meanwhile, with ESPN’s deal with UFC just starting and Smith signing a five-year deal with the network, expect more of Smith on major UFC broadcast.

On the other hand, Donald Cerrone hasn’t spoken anything about the ongoing situation.


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