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You don’t often hear the word classy being used when describing new UFC featherweight champ, Conor McGregor, but that’s just how The Rock described the Irishman’s response to his championship fight this past weekend in Las Vegas.
Here’s what Johnson had to say about The Nororious on his Instagram page. “One of the classiest messages and show of respect for his opponent I’ve seen from a champion. Congrat @thenotoriousmma. You’re on your way to becomming an icon. #Respect…” Meaningful words coming from Johnson who garners a tremendous amount of respect himself, and not what most would expect when talking about a man known for his lack of humility.
However, as you’ll read in the post below, McGregor was surprisingly humble and respectful to his fallen opponent and those who stood in his corner. Will that be enough to change some minds about the champ, and lessen the number of haters? Probably not, but it’s a start.
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One of the classiest messages and show of respect for his opponent I've seen from a champion. Congrats @thenotoriousmma. You're on your way to becoming an icon. #Respect ・・・ Thank you for all the kind messages! I am extremely grateful and proud to be in the position I am in. To the naked eye it was 13 seconds, but to my team and my family it has been a lifetime of work to get to that 13 seconds. Congratulations to the staff at the UFC on a historic week in the sports history and an amazing 2015 for the company. It is an honor to be playing a part in this great companies continued growth and success and an honor to top off a phenomenal week in the sports history. Thank you to all the fans who travelled and made this week what it was!! The traveling Irish are untouchable when it comes to creating the atmosphere needed to make a week like this what it was!! I am forever blown away by the support of my country. We have changed the game forever!!! Respect to a great champion in Jose Aldo. The true greats will always overcome adversity. I wish him and his loyal team well on their journey back. Much respect. Thank you all!!!