Despite Conor McGregor’s soaring popularity in the world of mixed martial arts, it’s safe to say that the Irishman is perhaps the most polarising star in the organisation today.
He’s played his part in getting more eyes on the sport, and along the way, he’s become the biggest draw in history, but it’s not just some fans that dislike him, apparently.
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One section of the audience loves him and his antics, it’s different, and it makes for great entertainment. The rest of the fans aren’t his biggest supporters, and according to UFC welterweight Donald Cerrone, no fighter in the organisation likes him either.
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The UFC 205 press conference perhaps triggered the comments, as it was the latest McGregor outburst where he claimed every fighter on stage were dressed like him, tried to talk like him and tried to be like him.
Let’s face it; they’d love to make the money he does.
However, Cerrone told SI Now that nobody wants anything to do with Notorious outside of the Octagon.
When asked if any of the other fighters dislike McGregor, Cowboy responded: “By all. He’s not one of the fellas, he’s not a good dude.
"HE HIDES FROM US"
“It is what it is. He does a good job promoting the sport, he does a good job of making money. So I can’t hate the guy for that, but just as a person, he ain’t a fan of mine.”
Cerrone also spoke about his frustration at the fact that McGregor talks a lot on stage while hitting out at everybody, but scurries away once the press conference is over.
This is something Jeremy Stephens also highlighted once he went to look for the Irishman after their verbal exchange at the UFC 205 press conference, and claimed he was already hidden away in his private room.
Cerrone added: “Behind the scenes, he’s like a scared little kid. He hides from us.
“They line us all up in a line, but they take Conor, and they put him off in another room because he can’t be around the other fighters because we don’t play that (expletive).”
Although he isn’t too fond of the reigning featherweight champion, even Cerrone couldn’t deny that the lightweight title challenger has done a fantastic job of drawing attention to the sport.
He added: “He’s definitely good for the sport.
“He’s got a lot of eyes. He brings a lot of people. So my hat’s off to him for that, but just like hang with him like a fella, no, he’d never be my buddy.”
With the retirement rumours continuing to circulate, perhaps it could be time for another fighter to step up and continue what McGregor started.
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