McGregor snubbed by UFC after beating Ronaldo, Messi on Forbes
A burning desire to fight, despite beating the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi to the Forbes No.1 sport after earning an estimated $180million (£127.75m), means the 32-year-old wants to return and prove his place amongst the best in the world.
Yet Faber, who became friends with McGregor when they appeared as rival coaches on the Ultimate Fighter in 2015, claimed no one from the promotion offered their congratulations.
“I reached out to congratulate him on being the number one paid athlete on the planet,” Faber told talkSPORT.com.
“When you accomplish things like that, it’s just incredible.
“Shocking to me, he said thank you and that no one from the organisation reached out to him.
“And I thought that was kind of odd; I mean how impressive is it for our sport to have the guy who is the top paid athlete in the world?”
McGregor will fight for the second time in 2021 on Saturday night when he takes on Dustin Poirier at UFC 264 in Las Vegas.
The pressure on ‘The Notorious’ to avenge the knockout defeat, the first of his MMA career, continues to mount by the day and he has already commenced mental warfare on Poirier this time around.
“When you start accomplishing those things, it is easy to forget how fragile people can be.
“I think he got a reminder that this is the real world and I think he is probably going to make some adjustments and just be smarter this time around.”
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