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Was It Staged? Paddy Holohan Debunks The "Conspiracy Theories" Behind UFC 202 Presser

Was It Staged? Paddy Holohan Debunks The "Conspiracy Theories" Behind UFC 202 Presser
By Mikey Traynor
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The premature ending to the UFC 202 Press Conference on Wednesday which saw Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz engage in a war of water bottles and cans of Monster energy, rather than a war of words, has proven to be very divisive.

As with many of Conor McGregor's previous interviews and media appearances, while many absolutely love the entertainment, there are also those who don't like to see that sort of thing, but this particular incident saw a new group come to the table... Conspiracy theorists.

Many comments on social media suggested that the water bottle incident was staged, specifically to ramp up interest in the fight with the perception that there is not as much buzz surrounding UFC 202 as there was for UFC 196.


Aside from the fact that McGregor used one of the UFC's main sponsor's product as a projectile weapon which saw Dana White lose his mind, there are many reasons why the idea that it was staged makes no sense at all.

Speaking to the Balls.ie MMA Show in Episode 2 of the new podcast which will go live on Friday afternoon, Holohan gave his account of events and, as expected, it made for a seriously enjoyable listen.

I'm raging I wasn't there!

I think it was a bit crazy to be honest, but I think if someone threw a bottle of water at me, I'd have thrown a chair! If you're gonna poke the lion, if you're gonna provoke him, that's what's gonna happen.

The UFC are not gonna plan something like that. Because If Conor threw a bottle of water and it split Nate open, the fight's off, or the other way around.

That's not the first time a bottle of water has been thrown. I was backstage in Dublin, we were all there for the meeting, and Diego Brandao picked up a bottle of water and threw it across the room at Conor, so maybe the UFC need to stop leaving bottles of water around!

Maybe it needs to be plastic cups... The last time Conor laughed it off saying 'chill out, relax', and I was the one who was freaked - who was bulling because someone had attacked my teammates. It couldn't have been setup.

Did they not say that the Urijah Faber pummell in the corridor was set up as well? They did. So the same people that said that are going to say it for this. Stupid people.

Fantastic stuff from Paddy as always.


When you want someone to say it as it is there are few better men, and if you would like to hear his thoughts on how the fight will play out, how things are going at the newly established SBG Tallagher, and his thoughts since retirement, you can catch Paddy Holohan on the Balls.ie MMA Show from Friday.

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