Conor McGregor has quickly become one of MMA’s biggest names, but one man who knows a thing or two about fame, is wondering whether all the attention could cost “Notorious”.
As the headline notes, that man is Chael Sonnen, who moved thousands and thousand of pay-per-view buys and tickets during his fighting career. Like McGregor, Sonnen was a master at making headlines, and as a result, the media couldn’t get enough of “The American Gangster.”
Well, as you’ve probably noticed, McGregor’s been making a ton of appearances leading up to UFC 189. Not only did the Irish star participate in the UFC’s World Tour a couple of months ago, but in recent weeks he’s been making the media rounds.
Sonnen recently appeared on “The MMA Hour”, and while discussing McGregor’s increasing fame and media obligations, he stated this (quote via MMA Fighting.com):
“It’s crossed the line of being too much,” Sonnen said. “I mean, that’s just the reality of the situation. Athletes go out, we’re kind of programmed to say the same thing we think we’re supposed to say. It’s too much on Conor right now, and media will ask him that. ‘Is it too much?’ So, you know, you don’t want to put some of those things in your world. You want to deny them and keep them out so you can take care of business, but yeah, of course it’s too much. When a guy is on the opposite side of the country and he’s got three more stops before he can get home, he’s 22 pounds overweight, he’s nine days before a fight, and he’s running on two hours sleep because of all of it, it’s too much.”
Sonnen certainly brings up a good point, and you have to wonder if this could play a factor in McGregor’s performance. The Irish fighter has repeatedly said promoting the bout is part of the job, and he should be commended for it, but it’s got to be extremely tough.
UFC 189 will be hosted by the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.