Like some of the MMA fighters in the industry, it looks like featherweight champ Conor McGregor is starting to have problems with UFC as well.
There have been a lot of rumors recently that Conor McGregor and the famous MMA promotion company faced some hurdles. That rumor became even louder when a video of UFC co-owner Frank Fertita was seen slamming the belt after the current featherweight champ won over Jose Aldo last December during UFC 194.
In a recent interview with Severe MMA, McGregor, who has a record of 19-2, revealed that all the rumors are false and that he has a very good relationship with the UFC president and CEO Lorenzo Fertita.
“It’s all horse sh*t, that is. I have a great relationship with Lorenzo and a great relationship with Dana. Don’t get me wrong, I’m climbing that corporate ladder every day and we will be neck and neck. Maybe somewhere along the line, I will take that lion’s share. But we will always be together. Loyalty is what I have. They gave me this. They are helping me with this and I am helping them. We are a team,” McGregor said.
This coming UFC 196, McGregor will try to make history and move up to lightweight to fight the division’s champion, Rafael dos Anjos. Now being one of the UFC’s biggest stars that could draw the biggest crowds, McGregor said that after he would further pursue the other belts and dominate the upper divisions as well.
“I am taking what I want and I am doing what I want. When you can rack up $400 million in revenue for the company, you can do whatever the f*ck you want. I’m living the whatever-the-f*ck-I-want life. That’s the life I live. Whatever I want, whenever I want. And I have earned that through hard work, through sacrifice and that’s it — through victory,” McGregor said.
McGregor quickly clarified that he wasn’t trying to be bigger than the UFC, but he did want to push his luck further and try to be on the same level as the UFC executives. The Fertitas apparently have billions under their name.
“I’m not trying to break out. I’m just trying to grow, be eye to eye and get my share of the f*ckin’ pie and that’s it. And they know that. I say that straight off the bat. But I will always be in association with Zuffa and the great team at the UFC. It’s an honor to grow along with this company,” McGregor said.
The featherweight champ even joked that the internet memes about him having a big belly could actually become real.
“I’m here to win every belt and then I’m gone. And then I’ll see the game later. I’ll set it ablaze and walk away. And that’s it,” McGregor added.