Save for some sporadic social media activity, Conor McGregor has kept himself away from any media appearances through the build up of his upcoming title fight against Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 229 on October 6th in Las Vegas. This has reportedly left the UFC “frustrated” that one of their most prized fighters “hasn’t been pushing the fight hard” enough.
Welterweight contender Colby Covington says he understands McGregor on some level, given that the former UFC double-champion has been in Ireland focused on his training.
“I completely understand where he’s coming from,” Covington said in a recent interview with BJPenn.com. “He’s over in Ireland, so to come from Ireland, to come do promotion in America, that’s a little tough. It takes out of your training schedule.”
“You want to be training hard, and preparing for your style matchup. I get where he’s coming from. It gets a little tough when you’re cutting weight to travel all over the place, when you want to focus on really getting yourself ready to peak for your fight.”
Covington, however, also has his own opinions regarding McGregor’s media absence.
“But the thing is, he’s gotten a little soft, over the years. He’s doing his little cocaine, and he’s partying a lot with his hookers. He’s getting a little soft. He’s a little, he’s a coked up little leprechaun who’s getting a little soft, so I completely understand why he doesn’t want to do promotion.”
The UFC did announce that there will be a pre-fight press conference for UFC 229, which will be held on September 20th at the Radio City Music Hall in New York City. However, the said media event will be closed off to the public, and only UFC president Dana White along with selected members of the media will be present.