If you were expecting other fighters to unite behind Conor McGregor's desire to do less PR work, UFC 200 is probably the wrong place to look. Those fighters are all out on the grind selling their upcoming event, so when Conor McGregor said that he wasn't going to show up for a press conference and got removed from the card because of it, it's maybe not so surprising that his counterparts aren't rallying to his cause.
The latest fighter to speak up is Cain Velasquez. The former UFC heavyweight champion is making the rounds for his upcoming fight with Travis Browne and he spoke to the assembled media during a recent UFC press event. Here's what he had to say when asked about McGregor's recent spat with ZUFFA brass (transcript via MMAFighting):
"I'm doing it, everybody else is doing it," Velasquez said Tuesday at a UFC 200 media day. "Can I see his side? No, not really. I'm doing it. Everybody else is doing it. If he had to do way more than what we had to do, OK then, yes. I could definitely see that. But if he's not, if he's doing the same thing, then no. We're all doing it."
"I feel that we all do have obligations to do this kind of stuff," Velasquez said. "I'm a guy that hates doing this. When I first started to fight, I thought it was just training and fighting and that was it. 'OK, you've gotta do interviews.' [I was like,] 'What?' Doing it now, yeah I'm kind of comfortable with doing it. I can do it pretty easily, I feel like. I feel like it is part of the job. You've gotta do this and train and fight."
Velasquez also spoke about fighting at altitude, working with injuries, and of course, his upcoming fight. So, check out the whole video. And stay tuned for more UFC 200 coverage on Bloody Elbow as we ramp up to the July 9th event.