With a handful of fighters calling out the UFC for unfair treatment and the promotion finding it difficult to keep their house in order amid the pitchforks and torches, featherweight champion Conor McGregor is baffled to why they need to rebel in the first place.
The slander spewing Irishman is preparing for his lightweight title fight against Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205, a fight that didn’t settle too well with current interim featherweight champion Jose Aldo.
Following Aldo’s plea to be released by the organization, middleweight legend Anderson Silva also criticized the UFC for their treatment towards Brazilian fighters, albeit the 41-year-old did apologize to UFC president Dana White sometime after.
If that wasn’t enough, lightweight contender Khabib Nurmagomedov issued an ultimatum to the UFC and women’s bantamweight Julianna Pena shared her displeasure at Ronda Rousey receiving a title shot against Amanda Nunes despite coming off a loss.
While speaking to Sports Illustrated recently, McGregor chimed in the current fighters revolution, sending them a message you’d expect from the brash Dubliner.
“Tell me one time that crying and moaning, tell me one time that’s good for progression. It’s not,”
“Where would you be if I wasn’t here? Be grateful that you’re even in the conversation.
“Keep your head down, keep working, stay focused, stay positive, that’s the way to go forward.
“Not crying, moaning, complaining. I can’t engage in that. I wish them well, but I’m on something different here.”
McGregor is certainly taking his own advice and is on the cusp of becoming the first fighter in UFC history to hold two division titles simultaneously.
However, if victorious on the night, Dana White has stated McGregor will need to vacate one of the titles, despite his previous intentions to defend both.
UFC 205 takes place on November 12th at the Madison Square Garden arena in New York.
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