After Andre Fili dominated Artem Lobov at last Saturday’s (Oct. 21. 2017) UFC Fight Night 119 event in Gdansk, Poland, Conor McGregor — Lobov’s good friend and training partner — was caught on video using a homophobic slur to describe “Touchy.”
For Fili, the word is simply uncalled for, and when someone uses it all it does is show their own insecurities.
“There’s no need to use words like that,” Fili told MMA Fighting. “You don’t need to demean other people to make yourself seem bigger. Whenever you hear someone use that word or call someone a ‘bitch,’ that makes you look so insecure.”
During the bout, McGregor had to be told to settle down and return to his seat by referee Marc Goddard after “Notorious” got a bit too invested into the bout, walking up to the cage trying to shout instructions at “The Russian Hammer.”
According to Andre, Conor tried to intimidate him the best way he could prior to the bout to no avail. Afterward, the Team Alpha Male (TAM) fighter admits he and the Irishman had a professional moment with one another, only to have McGregor calling him a “fa**ot” backstage.
“I told him it was all about the fight, what happened in the fight stayed there, and that I respected him,” Fili said. “I thought we were cool. I meant it, too. I know having Conor in the middle of my fight means I get way more attention, I have more Twitter and Instagram followers now and I’ll make more money. I know what he’s done to lift the sport,” he added.
“But then, while I’m doing my interview, unbeknownst to me, he’s in the back calling me that word, while I’m in the cage doing my interview,” Fili said, who then revealed McGregor walked up to him afterward to congratulate him.
“Then when I’m in back getting my medicals done, Conor walks up to me and he shakes my hand and tells me he respects me and that we had a bond because of The Ultimate Fighter and I told him I respected him.”
That move, according to Fili, just proved how fake McGregor is, as he can’t wrap his head as to why he went to shake his hand shortly after insulting him behind his back.
“Don’t be fake with me,” Fili said. “I’m as real a person as you’re going to meet. You’re always going to know where you stand with me. For him to say what he said and then turn right around and act like we’re cool, that’s so fake.”
As of this posting, UFC has yet to issue a statement following McGregor’s use of the homophobic slur. Much to the chagrin of Fabricio Werum, I’m sure.