UFC 202: Conor McGregor Discusses Fighter Union, Says It’s Important “to Support Each Other”
By FCF Staff
Many have argued that the UFC’s stars wouldn’t be interested in helping form a fighter union. But, Conor McGregor says he would be interesting in aiding such a movement, sometime in the future.
Following the announcement that the UFC sold for approximately $4 billion, several fighters spoke out about fighter compensation, or the lack thereof. Then, more recently, Mark Hunt has been calling for a fighter association, following the news that Brock Lesnar failed UFC 200 drug tests.
Earlier this week the Professional Fighter’s Association announced that it is hoping to organize UFC fighters, and that the new group has the backing of several, major player unions. McGregor was asked to comment on the recent talk about a union, and the UFC’s 145 champ said this (quote via MMA Fighting.com):
“It is important to bunch together and support each other,” McGregor said. “It’s a dangerous, crazy business we are in. We get in and risk everything. I have witnessed firsthand how these fighters risk it all. Maybe in the future. Right now, I have got to focus on myself. That might be selfish, but this is the position I’m in right now. I have a lot going on. I’ve gotta focus on my own self right now. But in the future, maybe I will help spearhead something like that. If it is presented correctly. I wouldn’t just jump in if it wasn’t gonna be done right.”
McGregor is preparing to rematch Nate Diaz at UFC 202, August 20th.