Lightweight Donald Cerrone isn’t a big fan of UFC star Conor McGregor, who he feels is too much of a prima donna. Cerrone, 33, respects what McGregor is doing in bringing attention to MMA with his promoting, but he doesn’t care for him as a person. McGregor ruffled some feathers recently at the UFC 205 press conference recently in saying that the other fighters were trying to dress like him, as some of them were well dressed and looking sharp.
“Look at everybody up here, they’re all dressed like me, they’re all trying to talk like me, they’re all trying to be me”.
McGregor reportedly disappears immediately after press conferences end, and doesn’t stick around to deal with fighters that might want to confront him for the things he said during the press conferences. McGregor’s isolating behavior seems to have rubbed Cerrone the wrong way, because he simply does not care for him.
“By all,” Cerrone said to SI. “He’s not one of the fellas; he’s not a good dude. 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.”
McGregor and Cerrone are both competing on the UFC 205 card on November 12 at Madison Square Garden in New York. McGregor is taking on UFC lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez for his title in the main event on the card. Cerrone is facing welterweight Kelvin Gastelum in the televised portion of the pay-per-view card. That should be a great fight. The 24-year-old Gastelum has lost only twice in his MMA career in losing to Tyron Woodley and Neil Magny.
“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),” Cerrone said about McGregor.
McGregor is popular right now due to his back to back huge money fights against Nate Diaz. Both matches brought in over 1 million buys. With the importance that McGregor has to the UFC, it’s only natural that he’s able to call the shots right now and get the red carpet treatment. It’s not likely to last though, because MMA is hard sport to stay on top for long. The great results McGregor is getting now are fleeting. I’d be very surprised if McGregor is still a major player three years from now.