Sanchez won a controversial victory by default after his opponent Michel Peirera was disqualified for an illegal knee.
In what is surely another piece of expert trolling by the biggest mouth in the fight game, the wteet nonetheless stirred things up nicely.
Conor McGregor Vs Diego Sanchez— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) February 16, 2020
Conor McGregor, it is clear, is not shy about getting into a scrap. But what he enjoys more than anything is publicly calling out those who dare to slight him.
Last year the controversial former UFC champion “agreed” to fight Irish boxing champion ‘Cool Hand’ Luke Keeler who had described McGregor as “a bully”.
Despite a phone call and cryptic tweet, the “December 14” fight never materialised.
It’s not the first time that a war has broken out between McGregor and fellow fighters, celebrities, regular punters and, occasionally, vehicles.
Here are five of his best, starting with the one that prompted Keeler's bullying accusation.
McGregor Punches Elderly Man
It doesn’t take much to rile Conor McGregor.
In August, video footage emerged of the Irish MMA star punching an elderly man at Dublin pub after a minor disagreement.
The altercation, which took place in April, apparently took place after the pub patron declined the offer of drink from McGregor.
The Irish fighter was escorted off the premises but no charges were pressed.
McGregor Calls Out Mark Wahlberg’s Entourage
A week after announcing his retirement from MMA, Conor McGregor turned his attention to film star Mark Wahlberg.
The reason? Wahlberg, who’s been known to fancy the odd fight himself, owns shares in the UFC, something that McGregor has long demanded but failed to achieve.
In April 2019, a landmark month for McGregor it seems, he threatened to "smack around" Wahlberg, whom he called a “Hollywood actress”, as well as calling out his brothers for a fight.
Now what has Donnie ever done to you, Conor?
McGregor Taunts Floyd Mayweather
You’d think he’d let this one go. But you’d be wrong.
In August 2017 Floyd Mayweather stopped McGregor in the 10th round of their high-profile light-middleweight title fight in Nevada, but in March of this year the Irishman threatened to “whoop his ass” and "send his head into the bleachers” in a rematch.
Tagged “The Money Fight”, their first encounter guaranteed Mayweather a purse of $100m and McGregor $30m, with the 4.4m worldwide pay-per-views audience being the second highest in the history of boxing.
Two years on, McGregor probably felt it was the right time to taunt the American champ about his extravagant lifestyle, insisting it will force him back into the ring.
McGregor Attacks Bus
A bus? Sure, why not.
McGregor was arrested on April 5, 2018 for attacking a bus carrying a group of fighters and managers after a UFC 223 media event at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
The Notorious, with help of 20 henchmen, was looking for headliner Khabib Nurmagomedov, who had earlier had a run-in with Artem Lobov, a teammate of McGregor.
Along with his group, McGregor smashed several windows which resulted in lightweight Michael Chiesa suffering face and head lacerations, while Flyweight Ray Borg injured his eye.
The saga would have an unhappy ending for McGregor, with Nurmagomedov famously defeating him in a fourth round submission at UFC 229 in October 2018.
McGregor Threatens Gegard Mousasi
Well he started it.
In fairness to the Notorious, middleweight contender Gegard Mousasi did, surprisingly, have a dig at McGregor after UFC 204 in October 2016.
“McGregor’s good for the sport but what is it. You had Muhammad Ali, he was a hero, he was besides a great boxer, he did a lot, he did big things,” Mousasi said. “Now you have (Floyd) Mayweather and Conor McGregor, ’I have money, I have money’, and everybody loves it. That sells.”
McGregor’s reaction? Threatening to stab Mousasi with a knife, according to the Dutach kick boxer. Sounds about right.