Conor McGregor has hit out at his UFC rivals for a lack of support after UFC legend Anderson Silva sent him advice after his horror broken leg injury.
The Irish star suffered his third defeat in his last four fights when he was stopped in the opening round after suffering a broken leg injury against Dustin Poirier at UFC 264.
But the 33-year-old remains confident of making a full comeback to the cage, with two fights remaining on his current deal with the UFC.
And McGregor thanked Silva for his advice after the Brazilian told McGregor to “prove how much you love your job”.
“Your mind, you need to stay ready and connect to your heart to make you more powerful, to continue challenging yourself and prove how much you love your job and how much you can continue to do this,” Silva said on Submission Radio. “When you have the same Anderson, the same [Chris] Weidman, the same Conor. Mentally it’s very important.”
McGregor responded by hitting out at his fellow UFC rivals for “little support” during his period of rehabilitation.
“I appreciate this message greatly Anderson, thank you. You know, since this freak injury happened to me, I’ve had very little support from my fellow colleagues,” he posted on social media. “In fact quite the exact opposite. The claws came out. But no worries! I love a little scratch from a bitch. See yous when I get ya’s you’s little nobodies!”
McGregor has plotted his return to the UFC after revealing his contract situation, with the likes of Nate Diaz and Rafael Dos Anjos linked as potential comeback opponents.
But the Irish star has been warned to avoid trying to force a fourth fight with bitter rival Poirier, by former UFC star Georges St Pierre.
“He started off the fight very well,” St-Pierre said during an appearance on The MMA Hour. “But then after you can see that Poirier was getting over him.
“I think if he comes back, if I’m Conor McGregor, or maybe not Conor because he is a very proud fighter, if I’m his manager, I don’t want my client to come back to fight the same guy again for the fourth time.
“Because now it seems like Dustin has his number. He needs to, perhaps, take another fight.”
McGregor has also spoken of plans to challenge welterweight champion Kamaru Usman for his world title belt, but Poirier is determined to beat his rival to any potential shot at 170lbs.
And the Irish star has also touted a move up two weight classes to middleweight, comparing himself to the likes of Kelvin Gastelum who he considered a “little guy”.
But with his UFC deal soon to expire, the ‘Notorious’ could make his return to a boxing ring in the future, with YouTube star Jake Paul frequently calling his name, and labelling his current career situation “an embarrassing fall from grace”.
And McGregor has been warned by Paul’s coach that his career will come to a “tumbling stop” if the pair decide to lace up their gloves in a super-fight next year.