Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) president Dana White has admitted that current featherweight champion Conor McGregor gets special treatment from the company. He revealed that the reason behind it and said that the Irishman had given a lot to the company as compared to other fighters, who are too demanding.
White was present at the pre-fight UFC 205 press conference held in New York which saw Notorious pick up a metal folding chair, ready to drop it on opponent Eddie Alvarez. This is not the first time that McGregor has been involved in a controversy in a pre-fight conference. Ahead of UFC 202, McGregor and Nate Diaz had thrown water bottles and energy drinks cans at each other, an incident that led to McGregor being fined by the Nevada State Athletic Commission.
However despite the commotion caused by the featherweight champion, White revealed that McGregor always steps up no matter who is put in front of him and that's what he gives to the UFC, which is incomparable.
"For me to say McGregor doesn't get special treatment would be ridiculous, of course he does. I respect this guy so much as a fighter, and there's give and take in this business. It just can't be take-take on either side. There's give and take in every relationship. This guy has given, given, given. When we're looking down the barrel of a fight being cancelled, this guy steps up and takes any kind of fight. He deserves something back. So when he wants something, there's give and take and I do it. A lot of these guys want, want, want, but don't give back in return. So it's that kind of relationship," White said as quoted by MMAJunkie.
The Conor McGregor vs Eddie Alvarez fight will take place on Saturday (12 November) during the UFC 205 event at Madison Square Garden Arena in New York. A win for McGregor will make him the first person in UFC history to hold two titles at the same time.