UFC president Dana White confirmed last week that should Conor McGregor defeat Denis Siver in Boston on January 18th, then he will get a title shot against featherweight champion Jose Aldo.
The Dubliner is currently ranked fifth in the featherweight division and him possibly getting a title shot ahead of those ranked above him has irked many UFC fighters, including some not even in his weightclass such as bantamweight champion TJ Dillashaw. One of the arguments for McGregor getting a chance at the belt is that the champion has already defeated those ranked one through four.
In an interview with the Boston Herald, he spoke openly about his fast-tracking to a title shot and his relationship with those who run the UFC. He also spoke of ambitions beyond being a UFC fighter.
That’s not my problem. I have a good relationship with my employers. I bring the money, I bring the numbers. It is what it is. They can hate all they want, I bring the money, and I’m well aware of why I am getting (opportunities), I’m not getting these for nothing. I don’t get handed things.
A lot of people in the UFC seem to feel, just because they are signed by the three letters, they feel they are guaranteed money. To me, a lot of people are overpaid. I’m always hearing about people underpaid. I believe a lot of them are overpaid. There’s a lot of rookies in there that should probably not be in there. So they can say what they want about my relationship with my employers, but be careful. Because one day soon, I won’t just be .?.?. they won’t be my employers anymore. We will be side-by-side. And who knows, I’ll (expletive) around and come back and cut half of the roster. So be careful when they mention my name.
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