Conor McGregor has voiced his anger at his UFC rivals' lack of support for him after breaking his leg in his loss to Dustin Poirier earlier this summer.
The 33-year-old Irishman lashed out at his competitors after UFC legend Anderson Silva took to the airwaves to offer him support and advice about how to recover from such a setback.
"Prove how much you love your job," Silva, a former UFC Middleweight Champion, told Australian Mixed Martial Arts show Submission Radio.
"You need to stay ready and connect to your heart to make you more powerful. Mentally it's very important."
McGregor responded to Silva's comment on social media, saying he 'greatly' appreciated the feedback, something he hasn't received from many others in the UFC.
"I appreciate this message greatly Anderson, thank you," McGregor said. "You know, since this freak injury happened to me, I've had very little support from my fellow colleagues.
"In fact quite the exact opposite. The claws came out. But no worries! I love a little scratch from a b****. See yous when I get ya's you's little nobodies!"
McGregor's leg break grabbed headlines across the world in July. Last month, he posted a video on Instagram of him walking on a treadmill, just seven weeks after the incident, hailing the achievement as 'momentous'.
Despite his positive steps to recovery, rumours continue to spread about McGregor's long-term future in the sport.
Whilst some suggest a huge fight with either Kamaru Usman or old foe Nate Diaz are just around the corner, others feel McGregor's retirement is on the horizon, as he only has two fights left on his contract.
"I currently hold eight of the UFC's top 10 pay-per-views," he tweeted recently. "With two fights on my contract, I will look to finish with the full top 10 in pay-per views."
Once back from injury, McGregor must repair his reputation in the ring. He has lost three of his last four fights, with prominent MMA manager Ali Abdelaziz dismissing the Dubliner as 'finished' and only worthy of fights against Jake Paul and The Kardashians.
With his career certainly coming to its climax and with a massive point to prove, it may be foolish to write off McGregor just yet, injured or otherwise.
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