Many fighters have argued that Conor McGregor receives preferential treatment from the UFC, particularly since he was booked to fight Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205, and the Irish star is firing back.
In the last couple of years, McGregor has become one of the biggest names in combat sports, and has been a driving force behind the UFC’s biggest cards to date. With that, McGregor has earned some massive checks, as well as some title shots, that haven’t sat well with some fighters and fans.
McGregor will challenge for the lightweight title on November 12th, even thought he has yet to fight in the UFC’s 155 division. Earlier this year, he was booked to fight Rafael dos Anjos for the lightweight crown, but the latter had to withdraw due to a broken foot.
Well, recently the UFC 205 Countdown crew visited McGregor at his training camp. During the filming, the featherweight champ told the cameras this, while discussing the criticism he’s received (quote via MMA Fighting.com):
“They all say I’m all talk, but I look at them and say they’re all talk because I’m here fighting every week. I even had to fight a guy three times the size of me, and now, I’m back again. All they do is complain, b*tch and moan. You want this money? You want what I got? You have to put in the f*cking work. And as far as I’m seeing, nobody is putting in the work. Everyone is talking, everyone is thinking just cause Conor has it, I should have it. No, no. I didn’t always have it. There is a reason why I have it. I had to work my f*cking bollocks off to get it, and here I am, still working while they’re talking.”
Now, many will still argue that McGregor hasn’t been fully vetted yet in the Octagon, since he hasn’t fought many top tier wrestlers (he defeated Chad Mendes last summer in a short notice fight). But, there’s no question McGregor’s decision to fight Nate Diaz, not once, but twice at 170 was extremely impressive.
UFC 205 will be hosted by Madison Square Garden in New York City.