A rumour that has ballooned since December’s UFC 194 event has seemingly been nipped in the bud.
Frank Fertitta (owner of Zuffa) and his questionable reaction to Conor McGregor’s shock win over Jose Aldo gave rise to speculation surrounding the once water-tight relationship between UFC executives and their star fighter.
Asked about the likelihood of him breaking away from the company and beginning his own ‘McGregor Promotions’, the Irishman couldn’t respons quickly enough.
“That’s all horseshit, that is”, McGregor blasted. “I have a great relationship with Lorenzo and a great relationship with Dana.”
One of Joe Rogan’s recent guests on his ‘Experience’ podcast pointed out that the relationship between the two parties has been mutually beneficial. The UFC has provided Conor McGregor with a global platform to showcase his myriad of skills inside (and indeed outside) the Octagon.
In return, the Dubliner has undoubtedly become the biggest male star in the sport since the halcyon days of Brock Lesnar. The man himself is certainly aware of the opportunity provided to him, and feels a strong sense of loyalty to White and co. as a result.
““Don’t get me wrong, I’m climbing that corporate ladder every damn day and we will be neck and neck. Maybe somewhere along the line I will take that lions share”, he admitted. “But we will always be together.”
“Loyalty is what I have. They gave me this, they are helping me with this and I am helping them, we are a team, so much respect to Dana, much respect to Lorenzo, much respect to everyone involved in the UFC.”
“I’m not trying to break out, I’m just trying to grow, be eye-to-eye and get my share of the f***ing pie and that’s it and they know that. I will always be in association with Zuffa and the great team at the UFC, it’s an honour to grow with this company.”