Waterson (14-6), who battles Cortney Casey at this Saturday’s UFC on FOX 29 event, further elaborated on why she is so unhappy with McGregor’s actions during a recent chat with MMA Fighting.
“We are in the sport that, if you have personal beef, you can deal with it and get paid for it, instead of trying to go behind the scenes and wreak havoc among people that have nothing to do with your drama, and affect not only the fighters, the coaches, the fighters’ families, the employees of the UFC, the employees of the arena — and list goes on and on, right? We just got into New York, and I’m sure the commission is shaking their heads right now, thinking why did we let these fighters come in?” Waterson said.
The 32-year-old is concerned that other fighters will begin copying McGregor’s behaviour for popularity, due to the lack of repercussions.
“What concerns me is if nothing happens to him so that he does change his ways, that a lot of the fighters will assume that that’s what they have to do in order to gain popularity, in order to gain fame, in order to gain financial stability,” Waterson said. “And I’m sure a lot of the fighters will have no problem reverting to those ways.
“But the thing is, we’re trying to make this a professional sport and we’re trying to allow people to see us as humans and as martial artists, because it is mixed martial arts and a lot of us have that martial arts background, and we have the respect and the honor, and we should have the humility and control, right?
“That’s what martial arts is all about, controlled chaos. And I’ve always looked up to Conor and his ability to control his emotions inside the cage, which is what makes me sad about the whole situation, because I would think that Conor would have the emotional control to figure out a way to use the situation to his benefit in a different way.” she concluded.
UFC on Fox 29 takes place this Saturday April 14 from the Gila River Arena in Glendale, Arizona, United States. The main card featuring Waterson vs. Casey will be aired live on FOX from 8pm ET.