CONOR McGREGOR’S training partner said Jake Paul has to ‘try beat one of us first’ before getting a shot at ‘the king’.
The YouTuber-turned prizefighting star has long called out McGregor, building a one-sided feud.
And while the man himself has chosen to ignore the viral callouts, those around him have not.
Cian Cowley, a 2-5 MMA welterweight and training partner of McGregor’s, told Paul he would have to earn a fight with The Notorious.
Cowley wrote on Instagram: “Has to try beat one of us first before he gets a shot at the king.”
Paul, 25, first called out McGregor in 2020 while only 2-0, beating online rival ‘AnEsonGib’ and ex-NBA player Nate Robinson, 37.
But he has since improved to 5-0 with wins over former UFC pair Ben Askren, 37 and Tyron Woodley, 39.
McGregor, 33, meanwhile is eyeing a UFC return this year, having not fought since July when he suffered a horror leg break against Dustin Poirier, 33.
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But he had fans fearing for the worst following a few bizarre social media posts after nights out in his Black Forge pub.
Paul took the chance to take a swipe at the ex-UFC champion while in London promoting the women’s super-fight between Katie Taylor, 35, and Amanda Serrano, 33.
He said: “I don’t give a s*** about Conor.
“I just want to fight him and smack him in the head – in that sense I hope that he can win some fights so that we can actually fight.
“But the guy is a grown-ass man, he needs to figure out his life; it seems to be falling apart from what I can tell.
“Obviously, everything’s through a lens, we don’t know what he’s going through actually.”
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