Conor McGregor insists 99 per cent of the UFC roster would retire with just a slice of his fortune as Irishman hits back at former rival Eddie Alvarez’s claim that the Notorious’ life of luxury has ‘softened’ him following defeat by Dustin Poirier
- Conor McGregor claims the majority of UFC stars would retire with his fortune
- McGregor enjoyed a rags-to-riches story and is one of sport’s best-paid stars
- The 32-year-old has, however, lost two of his last three fights in the UFC
- Former rival Eddie Alvarez has claimed that his fortune has ‘softened’ him
- McGregor replied that 99% of the roster would retire with a slice of his money
Conor McGregor has claimed that the majority of UFC stars would retire on just a slice of his fortune amid claims that the Irishman has ‘softened’ as a result of living a life of luxury.
From picking up benefits as a young plumber to headlining against Floyd Mayweather in a boxing fight that saw him pocket roughly £72m, the Notorious’ career is one of modern sports’ great rags-to-riches stories.
However, McGregor’s mind-boggling wealth has inevitably led to questions of his desire to compete at the top of the sport.
Conor McGregor has hit back at claims that he lacks the motivation to continue fighting
Since becoming two-weight world champion with the UFC in 2016, McGregor has won just one of his next three fights, with a win over Donald Cerrone sandwiched by losses to Khabib Nurmagomedov and Dustin Poirier.
McGregor’s defeat to Poirier at UFC 257 in January has served as a devastating blow to the Irishman’s bid to regain the UFC lightweight title, with former champion Eddie Alvarez insisting that McGregor has ‘softened’ due to his fortune.
‘Fighting is having to deal with adversity every day, being told no,’ Alvarez told MMA reporter James Lynch.
McGregor is one of sports’ greatest rags-to-riches stories having previously been on benefits
The Irishman, 32, is worth a vast fortune, with a host of business interests outside of fighting
‘Having to wake up (early). Doing things that you don’t necessarily want to do, and that requires discipline and it hardens you, and you become a good fighter as a byproduct of all these things that happened throughout your life.
‘And the idea of having $100 million in the bank, where everyone tells you yes, you get to make your own schedule and you get to wake up when you want, it’s the opposite of having to be a fighter, it actually softens you.
‘I feel like for Conor to come back, he needs to harden himself as a man. In order to do that, he needs to get rid of all those things, maybe go away. Get out of that world and become hardened again over time.’
However, McGregor has lost two of his last three UFC fights, most recently to Dustin Poirier
Former rival Eddie Alvarez (left) has questioned McGregor’s motivation to carry on fighting
McGregor responded to the tweet, saying: ‘I remember my first 150 million’, before claiming that the vast majority of UFC fighters would call it quits if they had a small proportion of his wealth.
‘If you gave 99% of the roster a weeks wage of my net worth you’d never see them compete again,’ he tweeted.
McGregor’s motivation to fight was also called into question by UFC chief Dana White following his defeat on Fight Island.
Alvarez claimed McGregor’s life of luxury has ‘softened’ him and he has lost his hunger
However, the Irishman hit back, claiming 99% of the roster would retire on a slice of his fortune
‘Look, there is two ways this goes – hungrier or I’m done, he’s got the money,’ he said in the post-fight press conference.
‘This is like Rocky III, when you get offered a 300 foot yacht, it is tough to be a savage when he is living like he is.
‘When he was a young kid he was hungry, now he has got everything he ever wanted so I don’t know, it goes this way or that way.’
The Irishman has business ventures outside of the UFC, including a whiskey business and a fashion range. He owns a collection of luxury watches as well as an array of super cars.
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