The MMA crossover to the mainstream, is really beginning to gain momentum. We’ve seen Ronda Rousey doing guest spots on television shows and starring in big budget movies. Rousey made history this year, when she became the first MMA fighter to be a guest host on Saturday Night Live. It would be academic in assuming that Conor McGregor would be the next MMA star to be on SNL. Right? Not exactly.
It was announced last week, that Conor McGregor would be taking part in the hit HBO series ‘Game of Thrones’. His part will consist of no spoken lines and he has something to do with being a mute pirate. Conor’s cameo in GoT will probably land HBO a million new subscribers.
SNL did a parody game show skit this past Saturday and had faux Conor McGregor as one of the contestants. Quite honestly, the segment was an abomination. McGregor was played by SNL cast member Alex Moffat, who was dressed like McGregor from the UFC 205 pre-fight press conference. He was wearing the big fluffy mink coat with a red outfit underneath, just like McGregor did. Right there, is where the similarities ended.
Moffat looked more like Tom Lawlor, parodying Conor McGregor, at a pre-Reebok era weigh-in. Remember how Justin Timberlake looked during the SNL skit, ‘Dick in a box’? That was what Moffat’s McGregor looked like. Then there was the accent… Maybe I’m just an MMA snob and know what Conor McGregor sounds like, but Moffat’s Irish accent wouldn’t have worked in a Lucky Charms commercial. His look, accent, and lines were all way off. McGregor wasn’t the only athlete to have his identity butchered during the skit. Charles Barkley, Rob Gronkowski, and John Daly all fell victim to SNL’s lack of preparedness.
Using Conor’s likeness may have just been a way for SNL to try and get more viewers to their show. However, if you are going to try and parody the Notorious One, you better be spot on with your impression of him. That may be difficult, as Conor McGregor has already proven to be in a class by himself.