Ultimate Fighting Championship featherweight title contender Brian Ortega, who is coming off a huge knockout victory over former featherweight champion Frankie Edgar last month, has talked about his frustration with the amount of fighters who are attempting to replicate Conor McGregor.
Trash talking and self-promotion is definitely not a new thing in mixed martial arts and has been done throughout time in all combat sports with varying degrees of success. Muhammed Ali was a pioneer and the Irishman has mastered it. It’s definitely more prevalent in the modern game, particularly following the huge success that McGregor has had belittling his opponents while talking himself up outside the cage.
McGregor is so effective at the game that he’s actually transcended MMA and has crossed over into the mainstream popular culture.
A lot of fighters have been inspired by McGregor’s antics, most notably his own teammate Dillon Danis, who made his successful debut in Bellator over the weekend. Outspoken UFC welterweight Colby Covington, too.
Ortega recently told MMAJunkie.com that he’s tired of seeing fighters trying to emulate McGregor’s persona.
“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 they go in there -- you’re just like, ‘Come on. Shut up.’”
Ortega is scheduled to take on UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway in the co-main event at UFC 226 on July 7 inside the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
The main event will be headlined by a heavyweight clash between title holder Stipe Miocic and light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier.