Andre Fili competed last weekend at UFC Fight Night Gdansk and he earned a decision victory over Artem Lobov.
Lobov is a training partner of UFC Lightweight Champion Conor McGregor and now Fili is stating that McGregor was nothing more than fake with him.
“I told him it was all about the fight, what happened in the fight stayed there, and that I respected him,” Fili said to MMA Fighting. “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. 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. 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 (the season in which Fili was an assistant coach for Urijah Faber against McGregor’s team) and I told him I respected him. Don’t be fake with me. 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.”
The “word” that Fili was referring to was the homophobic slur that McGregor was caught using backstage when talking to Lobov.
Fili doesn’t believe people should be using homophobic slurs like that and there is also no need to demean others.
“There’s no need to use words like that,” Fili said. “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.”
McGregor has yet to comment on using the homophobic slur, it is also unknown when he is returning to the Octagon at this time.