Many men — many, many, many, many men — would love to be Conor McGregor’s next opponent, but right now it seems the most likely contender may be none other than everyone’s favourite bankrupt hip-hop star, 50 Cent. The MMA fighter (slash sometimes boxer) and gangsta rapper (slash sometimes fake Bitcoin billionaire) have been throwing stones at each other on social media for months, and the beef has been aging like a fine, juicy Wagyu.
It all started last summer, when the UFC lightweight champ, while at the New York stop of the McGregor vs. Mayweather pre-fight promo tour, referred to 50 — a longtime friend of Mayweather’s — as a “bitch.” This word was the Franz-Ferdinand-assassination-shot that set off a bitter online war between the two. Lines were drawn. Claims were made. Trash was talked.
That fiery chain of events leads us to this week, when McGregor claimed that Fiddy had blocked him on Instagram. “He blocked me on this,” the Notorious wrote yesterday in the caption of a post of him hanging with the Burger King mascot. “The mad 50 year old instagram blocker…Ahh don’t block me 50 kid, I still like some of your songs. The older ones hahah.”
Making deals and TAKING deals! Kings recognise Kings! Congrats to @jayz on his number 1 takeover from @diddy in the highest paid Forbes list. What a take-over! Diddy hasn’t been number 2 in so long. Until now. Zoom into that two tone with the powder blue on my wrist mate. You might see 1st place again. I am also really interested to see this years Forbes highest paid athletes list. I have now surpassed @cristiano Ronaldo as I told him I would in 2016. Floyd as a retired fighter that makes ZERO substantial revenue outside of them ropes is not on the list, and in the long game, is already dead. Mixed Martial Arts is a glorious game, Floyd. You are going to love it hahaha Someone tag 50cent in this for me. He blocked me on this the mad 50 year old instagram blocker. Ahh don’t block me 50 kid, I still like some of your songs. The older ones hahah King bless you all! @burgerking
We can’t confirm whether 50 did indeed block McGregor (though I’d believe it, because, like, words do hurt). But what’s clear is the guy was triggered enough by this (randomly burger-themed) dig to make a video rebuttal (which has since been deleted) saying McGregor is “talented — for a white boy.” *Tugs collar.*
In another since-deleted video, Fiddy implied McGregor has been cheating on his longtime girlfriend (and baby mama) Dee Devlin with singer Rita Ora. (Rumors of McGregor and Ora’s relationship cropped up last winter when the singer tweeted a photo of her and the MMA fighter together at the Fashion Awards with the caption: “Date night.”)
“They love ’em some McGregor,” the Queens rapper said of McGregor’s fans. “They get their haircut like McGregor. All that shit. Soon as they get that first big check they gone leave their motherfucking wife and kids like McGregor and shit.”
Naturally, the video of that oh-so-eloquent burn was captured by an Internet dweller with way too much time on his hands and has since been reposted.
Now, sure, this is likely nothing more than knuckle-dragging bros throwing virtual chest bumps at each other. And, yes, it’s equally plausible that Fiddy — who probably really wishes those reports he’d made a cryptocurrency killing were true — is simply the latest dude trying to hit paydirt by getting a fight of some sort booked against McGregor. Improbable as that scenario may be, McGregor currently stands alone as the most reliable pay-per-view cash cow out there, and 50 did just watch his buddy Mayweather ride off into the sunset with the easiest $300 million he’s ever earned.