At the end of November, former UFC champions Georges St-Pierre, Cain Velasquez, TJ Dillashaw, former UFC title challenger Donald Cerrone, former Strikeforece title challenger Tim Kennedy and former Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney announced the formation of the MMAAA.
During the call, St-Pierre made an impassioned plea to UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor to join them and help the MMAAA increase fighter pay since one of their causes is to get more money for the fighters who compete in the premiere fighting organization in the world. St-Pierre even suggested that McGregor was underpaid even though he’s making around $10 million per fight.
The brash Irishman was asked about the subject of the MMAAA during his online pay-per-view interview on Saturday with MMA journalist Ariel Helwani. McGregor decided to go on the offensive and rip into the longest reigning UFC welterweight champion of all-time.
“I’m watching this union thing, it like a press conference, and I’m like, what the (expletive) is going on here?” McGregor said in the interview. “They’re standing up, they’re all wearing the same t-shirt. They’re saying, ‘Conor, please. Conor, please, you know what’s right. Help us out, Conor.’ And Georges [St-Pierre] is saying, ‘Conor’s a good person. I know he gets paid well, but he doesn’t get paid enough.’ And I’m like, what the f*ck are you talking about?