Rafael dos Anjos has labelled his UFC 197 opponent Conor McGregor a “classless low-life”, while saying that Irish-Americans should support Dos Anjos in their March 5 lightweight title-fight.
At their press conference on Wednesday, McGregor goaded the California-based fighter for not representing the people of Brazil “like he should”.
However Dos Anjos has hit back, saying that McGregor is effectively calling Irish emigrants traitors.
“In Brazil, millions of Brazilians leave and a lot of Irish leave Ireland. These people don't deserve to be called traitors,” Dos Anjos told the Daily Mail.
“I think he's calling his own people traitors and I want to call all the Irish who live in the USA to be on my side because he called them traitors. I want their support on March 5.”
The identity trash-talking agenda has been set by McGregor, although the Brazilian fighter says he wasn’t surprised.
“I knew he was going to try to use all his weapons to make me get mad but I kept calm. He has no respect, he doesn't know the word, it doesn't exist for him.
“The guy thinks just because he is dressed nice and drives nice cars that he has class but he's classless; he's a low-life.
“He's going to get worse, he's going to do everything to promote himself, do everything for money.”
El Chapo Jr. pic.twitter.com/u6ejb7hrQv— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) January 21, 2016
As well as calling McGregor, who is aiming to become a two-weight beltholder, a mercenary, Dos Anjos believes the bulked-up Featherweight World Champion is making a mistake by challenging for the lightweight title.
“I fought better guys, I fought bigger guys, smaller guys and faster guys before.
“I think Conor is just one more guy that I'm going to put my hands on and I'm going to be victorious for sure.”