Firas Zahabi responds to Conor McGregor: “I’m far from being poor. I don’t own a Lamborghini, but…

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Conor McGregor and Max Holloway first fought in August 2013, where “The Notorious” emerged victorious.

It was Holloway’s last taste of defeat and had since gone on a 13-fight win streak that included five post-fight bonuses and two successful title defenses.

McGregor, meanwhile, went on a 7-2 run, incurring losses to Nate Diaz and Khabib Nurmagomedov.

As we reported earlier, Tristar Gym coach Firas Zahabi recently spoke on an ‘Ask me Anything’ session. Zahabi shares his thoughts as current featherweight champion Max Halloway to emerge victorious in the second fight.

“I think Holloway has grown leaps and bounds since then. In my opinion, Holloway would outpunch him, outwork him. He would do very much what Diaz did, but more,” he said. “I think McGregor got away with a lot of stuff, like the leg kicks against Diaz, but I don’t think he’ll have that against Holloway.

Holloway has the same type of output as Diaz, the same kind of chin as Diaz. He’s more athletic than Diaz, he has more variety in his attacks, he has more kicking, kneeing and elbowing, and his chin is just phenomenal.

So I really think he would take it in the later rounds. I think the blueprint for beating McGregor is more well understood by the roster.”

Needless to say, those comments did not sit well with the former “champ champ” Conor McGregor. The brash Irish superstar fired back at Zahabi for his comments moments ago on Twitter:

“Hey firaz. Young man afraid to get in and fight, himself. Stop talking about me like you know me, you twerp. You are what age? Why are not in there yourself? Are you not up to it? You rent dorms and hit a clock for a living. Shut your pie, kid.” – Conor McGregor

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The latest update is Firas Zahabi had another Ask Me Anything session, where he spoke to fans about various topics and eventually addressed the Conor McGregor’ comment.

“There was nothing personal,” Zahabi said about his analysis. “The reason why I didn’t respond to McGregor (on twitter) is he got personal, and I don’t do that.”

“I kind of glanced over, then I realized it was about me, and realized he’s insulting me,” he said. “I thought to myself, ‘hey the double champ watches my podcast! That’s amazing! How great is that? I’m gonna give Conor McGregor a shoutout on my podcast.’

“Then somebody pointed out to me, ‘no, it was regarded to an article that came out… about me picking Max Holloway over Conor McGregor’ That’s why Conor got upset and went to twitter. So I thought to myself, ‘Oh, he doesn’t listen to my podcast. Too bad.’

“But then I realized, ‘hey, he talked about the dorms. That article doesn’t talk about the dorms!’” he continued. “If he knows about the dorms, he’s listened to this podcast. So I want to give a shoutout to Conor. Thank you for supporting this channel. I really appreciate you listening to this, and I want to let you know it was nothing personal.”

“Conor McGregor recently tweeted at me and said ‘look, why don’t you fight?’ Well, here’s my answer to you,” Zahabi said. “I was fighting at 145 as an amateur. I went to the university and got a degree. Why? Because there was no money in MMA.

“I had friends like Georges St-Pierre fighting in there, David Loiseau, and they were not making big bucks. Early on, they were making very little,” he said. “That lifestyle isn’t for everybody. I went to school and got an education.

“Some people out there had such a passion for fighting, they love it so much they didn’t care. I wasn’t one of those guys. I love martial arts to that level, and I will do martial arts every day whether I’m making money with it or not, but some people love fighting so much that they’re willing to give up their education, their business, their work, their whatnot.

“That’s why I have so much respect for Iaquinta. Because Iaquinta said, ‘I’m not fighting for this amount. I’m gonna go into real restate, I could make more money here.’ That’s what I did. I created businesses.”

“I wasn’t planning on being a martial arts trainer,” he said. “However, life threw me a curveball and I ended up as an MMA trainer. I found out I had a talent for coaching. The fighters, when I was training them for fun, were winning and winning, and it snowballed. Today, we have the Tristar gym.”

He also addressed McGregor saying he hits a clock for a living.

“By the way, I don’t punch clocks, okay,” he said. “Not that I have anything against that, but I’m not. I work for myself. I have several businesses that I own and run. So that’s just a little update for Mr. McGregor, who’s ill-informed.

“I’m far from being poor. I don’t own a Lamborghini, but I don’t have any interest in owning a Lamborghini. I don’t have an interest in fine suits or jewelry. These are not the kinds of things that interests me.”

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