Conor McGregor Demands UFC Ownership Stake After Winning Lightweight Title
After becoming the first fighter to hold UFC titles in two different weight classes simultaneously, UFC “it” boy Conor McGregor made it clear that the company is going to have to pony up big time if they want him to stick around.
Following his second round knockout of Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205 on Saturday, McGregor announced that he is going to become a father early next year. Then he announced his bold plan to make sure his kid never has to go to college.
“If you want me to stick around and help service that debt and continue to push the company, bring me on board, for real,” McGregor said. “I need to be set for life for this. If you want me to be truly on on board, then I need to be all-in on this proper, as an owner, and have an equity stake in the company. That’s what I’m looking for.”
That’s right. Conor McGregor wants a stake in the UFC.
“They’ve got to come talk to me now,” McGregor continued. “Both belts. Money. I want the ownership now. If we’re going to keep doing this, let’s talk, but I want an equal share. I want what I’ve deserved, what I’ve earned.”
McGregor definitely has a point. In the 11 months prior to UFC 205, McGregor fights had accounted for three of the top four pay-per-view draws in UFC history. The number one UFC pay-per-view was McGregor-Diaz II, with 1.65 million orders. And UFC president Dana White indicated that UFC 205 would probably top that. So McGregor is easily the UFC’s biggest draw.
Unfortunately for McGregor, there’s no guarantee the UFC will meet his demands. In baseball, basketball, or football, if one team won’t meet a superstar’s obscene salary demands, some other team will. That’s the source of their leverage.
Right know, it’s unclear if McGregor has that kind of leverage. The UFC is the only mainstream MMA promotion. Is McGregor’s brand big enough to convince Bellator and Strikeforce that they could afford him? Could McGregor be as big with Strikeforce as he is with the UFC? Will the UFC call his bluff? The answers to these questions are debatable.
Hat Tip – [MMA Fighting]