Conor McGregor Looking To Purchase Stake In UFC
After his historic win over Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205 over the weekend, featherweight and lightweight champion Conor McGregor is looking to stake a permanent claim in the fight organization.
McGregor, who is now the first man in UFC history to hold two championships simultaneously, reportedly wants a stake in UFC. McGregor believes he was instrumental in raising the price tag for UFC when it was eventually purchased by WME-IMG this past summer for $4.2 billion. The Irish fighter wants what he feels he’s owed. Excerpts from an interview via Rolling Stone:
“I’ve been happy to just come do what I’ve been doing – I feel I’ve outworn the previous contract – now it’s time for the real s***,” McGregor told the media following his UFC 205 victory. “I know I’m the highest paid already, but when I’m looking at what they’re taking in, that list that (former UFC owner) Lorenzo [Ferttita] compiled to show the new owners, that’s like the gospel right there. That’s proof of what I bring.
“You want me to come around, stick around and service that debt (from the purchase) and continue to push? Bring me on board for real. Not just as this. I need to be set for life for this. If you want me to be truly in on this then I need to be all in on this. Proper. That’s a stake in the company.”
I can’t blame McGregor for feeling he deserves more, but let’s be honest here. The guy gets paid far more than any other fighter, and to act as though he’s the only fighter in the company that matters is tremendously disrespectful to his fellow fighters. While McGregor is part of why UFC has been taken to new heights, the company isn’t any one fighter. Hell, fighters like Ronda Rousey, Brock Lesnar, Georges St-Pierre and Anderson Silva were as responsible for the rise of UFC as McGregor. So while McGregor might be among the most important fighters in the company, he’s not the only important fighter.
But what do you think? Should Conor McGregor get a stake in UFC? Sound off in the comments!
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