Dominick Cruz doesn’t really want to take sides in the “battle” between Conor McGregor and the UFC. He understands both sides of things – he’s done his fair share of promotion, and also knows what it’s like to want to focus on fighting coming off a loss. But as a guest on The MMA Hour, he also said he’d do drastic things if he was making the money Conor was – heck, even he’d live with a media member for his camp (via MMA Fighting):
“When you look at what the UFC wants, they want you to do the media,” Cruz said. “Conor is a failure of his own success. He’s so good at this media that they’re going to ask him to do a ton. But I’ll be honest, if the UFC said, ‘hey Dominick, we’re going to pay you 100 times what you’re getting paid now and you’re going to make Conor McGregor money,’ I’ll go live with Ariel Helwani for my entire camp, eat everything you eat, do every radio interview you do, go out there and be ready to fight.”
Basically, he thinks Conor’s incredible presence with the media actually can work against him:
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“So it’s like, it’s kind of a mixed thing. He’s getting paid a lot of money to do this stuff, a lot of money, and people want to see it. He’s in high demand. So, because he’s in high demand, that makes him a failure of his own success, if you get what I’m saying.”
Cruz defends his title against Urijah Faber at UFC 199 on June 4th. McGregor’s issues with the UFC appear to be in the past for now, as the promotion tried to put together a rematch with Nate Diaz at UFC 202. Negotiations are still ongoing with Diaz, however.
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