Conor McGregor slams claims he's lost hunger and says most UFC fighters would retire if they earned a week of his salary
CONOR MCGREGOR has hit back at claims he's lost his love for mixed martial arts, insisting '99' per cent of fighters would've retired if they earned a fraction of his net worth.
McGregor's love for the sport, which he reached the pinnacle of in November 2016, has been questioned by many in recent years.
The Irishman's lengthy hiatuses, the most recent of which was not of his own doing, have caused many to believe he's content with his vast riches and is no longer determined to be the best in the world.
That notion has irked the UFC's first simultaneous two-weight world champion, who tweeted: "If you gave 99% of the roster a weeks wage of my net worth you’d never see them compete again."
McGregor's tweet came after an interview from his former rival Eddie Alvarez, who reckons The Notorious' success has somewhat softened him.
He told MMA journalist James Lynch: "When you have $100 million in the bank, It’s the opposite of fighting.
"Fighting is having to deal with adversity every day, being told no.
"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.
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"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."
McGregor, 32, is currently gearing up for a crucial trilogy match with former featherweight rival Dustin Poirier.
The Irishman suffered a brutal second KO loss to The Diamond at UFC 257 in January, the first stoppage loss of his career.
The UFC had hoped to have the third instalment of McGregor vs Poirier take place in May but were unable to finalise a deal.
Mixed martial arts' premier promotion have now earmarked July for the pair's rubber match, although it could very well end up taking place in August.
McGregor is relishing the opportunity to exact revenge on fan favourite Poirier, who he KO'd seven years ago at UFC 178.
He recently wrote on Instagram: "One a piece now with a trilogy bout for all the marbles! Wow! Exciting!
“Not a trilogy I was expecting, nor the tactical affair I was anticipating, but I’d be lying if I said this wasn’t meant to be.
“This is exactly how this was always meant to be! Buzzing!!”
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