Even five days removed from the event (and with a Fight Night double-header staring us in the face this weekend), it seems that the fallout of UFC 205 is still all we can talk about. And, it's pretty understandable, given the scope of the card itself and the historic drama that unfolded over the course of the evening.
The UFC's debut in New York City was an event, after all, that saw #ConorMcGregor become the first simultaneous two-division titleholder in UFC history, #JoannaJedrzejczyk defend her belt in an absolute war, and the UFC break both the attendance and gate records for #MadisonSquareGarden. But as incredible as the fights themselves were, it was some of the winners' post-fight speeches that arguably stole the show when all was said and done.
Romero Loves Bisping After Defeating Weidman
Speaking with #JoeRogan after the fight, Romero immediately set his sights on middleweight champion #MichaelBisping, who in addition to branding Romero a "cheater" and a "liar" in the recent past, proceeded to flip Romero the bird on the Jumbotron.
Romero wasn't exactly flustered.
"I love you Mike, see you soon boy," spouted the Olympic silver medalist. When asked his thoughts on how the fight might go, Romero called out the champ for allegedly requesting his help to work on his wrestling while training in Europe alongside Quinton "Rampage" Jackson.
"You know me, boy," said Romero. "You remember in Germany ... you say 'Yoel Romero I need you help me for wrestling?' You forget that? I come now."
While not exactly the scariest threat out of context, it definitely gains points for coming from the lips of the scariest man in the middleweight division.
McGregor Apologizes to Absolutely Nobody
Ever the showman, Conor McGregor could not simply accept his history-making second belt, thank the fans for showing up, and make a quiet exit after defeating #EddieAlvarez. Instead, McGregor opted to spend the majority of his post-fight speech berating his bosses.
"Where the f*ck is my second belt?," yelled McGregor. "I've already got this one. 4.2 billion this company this company was sold for. Where's that second belt?"
When the UFC finally managed to bestow McGregor with a second belt, borrowing the strap Tyron Woodley had just won, the "Notorious" continued with a speech that would've made Andrew Dice Clay proud.
"I've spent a lot of time Joe, slighting everybody in the company. Backstage I'm starting fights off everybody, I ridiculed everyone on the roster," commented McGregor. "I just want to say from the bottom of me heart, I'd like to take this chance to apologize ... to absolutely nobody! The double-champ does what the f*ck he wants!!"
It would have been easy for McGregor to botch that punchline, but he nailed it with the timing of a seasoned comedian. If that jumper he hit at the open workouts didn't already show that there's nothing that this man can't do, then that post-fight zinger definitely did.
Khabib Nurmagomedov Wants Irish Chicken
After posting the contracts the UFC had allegedly offered him to face Alvarez at UFC 205 and #UFC206, the Dagestani grappler even bad-mouthed Dana White in between rounds before submitting Johnson in dominant fashion. Later it was revealed that Nurmagomedov calmly asked Johnson to give up while he was laying down some nasty ground and pound.
Nurmagomedov did not let his post-fight interview with Rogan go to waste, calling out both the UFC's tendency to reward loud-mouthed fighters and the man scheduled to fight for the lightweight title later in the night, Conor McGregor.
"I want to stay humble, but I have to talk because your guys talk too much," said Nurmagomedov. "I understand how crazy power UFC PR machine. Your guy [McGregor], beginning on the year he tap like chicken, end of the year he fight for the title. Crazy ... this is not trash-talking ... Irish, only six million. Russian, 150 million. I want to fight with your chicken, because this is number one easy fight in lightweight division."
That's right, Nurmagomedov trashed his bosses, attempted to start a Cold War between nations, and called out the future champ, all just moments removed from a three-round fight, and despite English being his second language.
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UFC 205 Results
- Conor McGregor def. Eddie Alvarez
- Tryon Woodley and Stephen Thompson fight to a draw
- Joanna Jedrzejczyk def. Karolina Kowalkiewicz
- Yoel Romero def. Chris Weidman
- Raquel Pennington def. Miesha Tate
- Frankie Edgar def. Jeremy Stephens
- Khabib Nurmagomedov def. Michael Johnson
- Tim Boetsch def. Rafael Natal
- Vicente Luque def. Belal Muhammad
- Jim Miller def. Thiago Alves
- Liz Carmouche def. Katlyn Chookagian