Conor McGregor is simultaneously one of the most loved and hated fighters in the UFC.
Fight fans love to watch McGregor put on a show in the Octagon but many do not support his behavior outside of the cage, where trouble always seems to find the Irishman whether it be in local Irish pubs or nightclubs on the other side of the pond.
Many fighters have thrown McGregor under the bus for his controversial behavior over recent months, but Donald Cerrone sees no reason to launch personal attacks at ‘The Notorious’ ahead of their upcoming welterweight bout at UFC 246.
Speaking to MMA Junkie in a recent interview, ‘Cowboy’ expressed his admiration for McGregor and said the former UFC featherweight and lightweight champion lives his life under a microscope.
“I’m not going to talk badly about him,” Cerrone said. “I don’t really care. He does his life and whatever he wants to do he can. I’m just as wild and crazy as him, but in a different way. The media keep asking me, ‘What do you think of the trouble he gets in?’ The guy lives under a microscope.
“Anything he does people want to blow up and make a big deal about it. That’s his life. I would never even dig at something like that. Hell, no. Only goddamn thing I’m talking about is fighting only. Anything outside of it – that’s you. You do what you want to do. You want to meet me in the cage and fight – fighting that’s a whole different thing – but I’m not going to bring up anything from the past or anything he’s done outside the octagon.
“What the dude has done inside of the cage, and what he’s done for the sport is amazing. I’m honored to fight a guy like him and it’s going to be one hell of a battle and I’m looking forward to it.”
UFC 246: McGregor vs. Cerrone takes place next month, Jan. 18 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.