Say this much for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals: They don’t pick sides when they see an opportunity to defend animal rights – or to grandstand about their favorite cause.
Last September, PETA went after UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov over videos that surfaced of Nurmagomedov wrestling a bear in his native Russia.
On Thursday, the animal rights group showed it’s not picking sides in the blood rivalry between Nurmagomedov and former UFC two-division champion Conor McGregor, or his upcoming opponent, Donald Cerrone.
McGregor and Cerrone are living in the limelight this week due to their giant UFC 246 main event on Saturday night at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. At Wednesday’s news conference, McGregor and Cerrone went a bit off the rails as they discussed the snakeskin jacket Cerrone was wearing, prompting “Cowboy” to make a crack about PETA in the exchange.
“I’m sure PETA might be here because I got rattlesnakes on and python.”
To which McGregor, who has been known to sport animal hides himself, retorted: “They have a warrant out for me as well, PETA. They’re coming for me, too.”