Although the popularity continues to soar for the UFC with the likes of Ronda Rousey and Conor McGregor at the forefront, not every fighter in the organisation seems to be enjoying life there.
We know McGregor has the chance to make history on November 12 when he challenges Eddie Alvarez for the lightweight title, and the excitement has understandably increased for UFC 207 now that Rousey will be making a return against Amanda Nunes for the women’s bantamweight championship.
Despite plenty of reasons to be excited for what’s coming, there seems to be more negativity than positivity in recent months.
SIGN UP NOW
Want to become a GMS writer? Sign up now and submit a 250-word test article: http://gms.to/haveyoursay4
Article continues below
Julianna Pena has threatened to leave now that Rousey has returned for a title shot, something she believed she deserved.
Georges St-Pierre and the UFC are embroiled in a bitter dispute over his contract, while Anderson Silva has also been critical over the past month.
Article continues below
Max Holloway has displayed his disgust at what’s going on in the featherweight division, while Jose Aldo wants out of his contract as well.
Then we have Khabib Nurmagomedov who was critical of Eddie Alvarez’s first title defence, while Nate Diaz is still waiting on a call for a trilogy fight with McGregor.
Although more negative news seems to be breaking on a daily basis, Notorious has told Sports Illustrated that even though he wishes them well, crying won’t get them anywhere.
He said: “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.”
Of course, McGregor has no need to complain as he’s bidding to become the first fighter to simultaneously hold two world titles in two different weight divisions, something that’s never been done before.
If he manages to succeed in his conquest, it may only result in more fighters coming out to criticise McGregor and the UFC.
What do you make of Conor McGregor’s comments? Have YOUR say in the comments section below.