Since the UFC was born in the early 1990’s, we’ve seen dramatic changes in the way things happen. From rules and regulations, to how the sport is promoted, the UFC has really set the trend.
Lately, though, things have headed in a very strange, some would say concerning direction. Taking place over rankings has been the new craze of money fights. Arguably responsible for this new trend is former two-weight champion Conor McGregor.
McGregor’s Money Fights
After just four years in the UFC, McGregor finds himself in a very powerful position. ‘Calling the shots’ is how the Irishman describes it. However you look at it, ‘The Notorious’ has a lot of sway, and it all stems from that 13 seconds in the octagon with Jose Aldo.
Knocking out the Brazilian in 13 seconds, McGregor won the first of two titles. Currently the lightweight champion, ‘The Notorious’ held the 145-pound belt for a year without defending it. Obviously this was met with some negativity, whereas some others felt it was justified.
One very well known coach who is close to the situation blows the lid on four of the UFC’s biggest stars, including McGregor. Read on:
Aldo’s Coach Makes Shocking Revelation
Speaking during an in depth interview with Sportv.Globo, Jose Aldo’s coach Andre Pederneiras made some crazy claims. Allegedly, Conor McGregor, Max Holloway, Tony Ferguson AND Khabib Nurmagomedov have been avoiding Aldo.
Although ‘Dede’ says Khabib was somewhat ‘justified,’ he says McGregor refuses to fight Aldo at any weight, and Holloway is literally running. The well respected coach also says that UFC exec Sean Shelby told him ‘fighters are lying on camera, making excuses to avoid fighting.’ Here’s the full interview:
It’s Jose Aldo, RUN!!!
Sincerely I don’t know what goes on this guy’s head. What is happening in UFC today makes us very upset. Holloway, when he accepted the fight with Pettis, both of them knew that the fight was scheduled for February 11th, and both accepted that fight. One or two days later he says that his foot is injured, that he has to take his kid to Disney and that his gym closed. He gave three excuses two days later. It got to the point where I talked with Sean Shelby and he said “I don’t even know what to tell you anymore”.
Then we made a decision to challenge Khabib (Nurmagomedov), who is the number one in the lightweight division, so we can get McGregor to say “I can’t run away from you anymore”. Because, in Dana’s own words, he didn’t want to accept the fight. “I can’t put a gun on his head and force him to enter”. Then there was a refusal by his father (Khabib’s). I understand as a coach, his father is a coach, I think that maybe it wasn’t his moment to fight Aldo now. I don’t see it as fear, truthfully. It just wasn’t the moment, just that. Then we went to the number two in the ranking, who challenged Aldo one week before, that he could go down and fight Aldo in his division. We said “ok”, we will fight you who is the number two in the ranking. Then he doesn’t accept either.
“We Can’t Force McGregor To Fight”
You call the matchmaker and he says: “What’s going on?”. The guy comes and tells you: “What the guys are saying in front of the cameras isn’t the same of what they talk in the backstage”. I mean, when things get real it’s all talk. We can’t tell Conor “You’ll fight”. The guy doesn’t want to go down (on weight), ok, Aldo goes up and fights him. “But Conor doesn’t want it”. I mean, there is a lot of people saying but we don’t know where it goes. They offered us a fight with Cub Swanson that doesn’t make any sense. “Oh, if Aldo doesn’t want to be inactive he fights Cub Swanson”. Dude, what am I going to do with Cub Swanson? It isn’t like “after him, you get the fight”, no, it’s not him. They are offering us anyone to make the fight.”