Conor McGregor can sleep easy tonight knowing he has a mixed martial arts legend fighting in his corner.
Two-time UFC tournament winner Don Frye has backed the featherweight champion during his ongoing issues with the Ultimate Fighting Championship. McGregor was recently pulled from the landmark UFC 200 event this July by the promotion for refusing to participate in pre-fight media obligations.
Frye talked with Submission Radio recently about the dispute and why the Dublin-born star was right to challenge promotion’s policies to try sneak in some extra training time in the gym.
“I think he’s right. He’s spot on. That takes too much god damn time away from, you’re hired to be a fighter not to be an interview, interviewee,” he said. You’ve got things to do. When you’re training for a fight it’s a 24/7 job and if they’ve got you doing more interviews and promoting than they do fighting then you’re not gonna last long, you’re not gonna have a long career.
“It all depends on the time spent in the gym. That’s what Conor’s trying to tell them…[Nate Diaz] is a really good fighter and then he comes in with phenomenal conditioning. Crimey how do you combat that when you’re flying around doing a bunch of interviews, more interviews than you do training. You’re just setting yourself up for an ass kicking.”
Frye wasn’t impressed with how the UFC and, in particular, president Dana White handled the situation. He believes White allowed his emotions to get the better of him, mainly down to McGregor’s refusal to do what he’s told which eventually led to McGregor being pulled from the card entirely.
“How do I say this without being rude? I guess I can’t, so p**s on it. Dana likes everything his way and if he doesn’t get his way he throws a fit and that’s what’s happening. Conor’s spot on. You can’t spend more time doing interviews than training.
“This is a dangerous sport okay. The thing is, it went from a fight, to a sport, to a TV show and it’s still a dangerous thing so you got to prepare yourself for it because shit, just training, if you’re in one of those fights and you’re not hurt, you don’t get hurt, it still takes two weeks to recover because of all the hard training. But if you’re not training, you’re gonna get hurt.”
Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier will not fill the main event gap previously held by McGregor and Nate Diaz. Jose Aldo, Frankie Edgar, Miesha Tate and Amanda Nunes will also feature at the event.
UFC 200 takes place on July 9th at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
James McDonald, Pundit Arena