‘Dance for me, boy.’ UFC fighters suspected of ginning up major race-baiting hype to sell tickets

Ultimate Fighting Championship star Conor McGregor has made headlines again, this time being accused of racism.

The outspoken UFC competitor, who is set to take on boxing champion Floyd Mayweather in a much-anticipated bout that even, reportedly, has the attention of President Donald Trump, made the comments when he appeared on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” in a segment on Wednesday.

The segment was taped after the press conference where McGregor told Mayweather to “dance for me, boy.”

In the interview, Kimmel sidekick Guillermo asked the Irish fighter who would win in a fight, him or Sylvester Stallone’s character in the “Rocky III” movie.

“Rocky III, that’s the one where he had that celebrity gym isn’t it? With the dancing monkeys in the gym and all,” he said, before suggesting that he would win.

The scene he appeared to be referencing was the one in which the character Apollo Creed, played by Carl Weathers, took Rocky to an all black gym where the training fighters were training.

Mayweather said he was “disappointed” in McGregor’s comments.

“I don’t like the fact that he called blacks monkeys, I think that’s totally disrespectful,” he told Sports Illustrated.

“But it’s all about maturity, it’s all about growth and, mentally, he still can be young so my thing is to go out there and do my job. That’s to go out there and fight, not to really worry about racism. But racism still exists. But we have to try and get past that and be positive.”

Some on social media believe the comment showed that McGregor is a racist.

Others thought it was much ado about nothing, and referenced another time the fighter used a form of the phrase on Facebook.

But there was more defense of McGregor than one might imagine. Many pointed out that McGregor has referred to fighters of every color as monkeys and that “boy” is a common term in his region.

For the record, there are no dancing monkeys in any “Rocky” movie.

But many people believe there is another motive to McGregorand Mayweather’s comments.

Hyping the fight.

Hours after the two men nearly battled each other at the press conference the two were called out for being mistakenly seen getting off of the “same” private plane together, the Mirror reported. Hours later the Mirror corrected the scoop to report that the fighters were on two separate “identical” planes, arriving at the same time.

Another coordinated ruse?  You can click here to see the pictures.

Some fans predicted it before the pictures were discovered.

That’s one heck of a tasteless, race-baiting stunt to pull to sell tickets.

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Carmine Sabia


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