Conor McGregor made history on Saturday by becoming the first fighter to hold, two UFC titles at once, and now the superstar has made an eyebrow raising demand.
McGregor dominated Eddie Alvarez in the headliner of UFC 205, and put away the decorated fighter in round two. As a result, the Irish fighter now holds both the UFC’s lightweight and featherweight title.
Well, prior to the event, McGregor said he’d be making a big announcement after the card. At his post-fight presser, McGregor announced that he is set to become a father in 2017. That wasn’t the only thing, however, McGregor relayed. In terms of his fighting career, the heavy handed fighter had this message for the UFC’s new owners, WME-IMG (quote via MMA Junkie.com):
“They’ve got to come talk to me now because no one’s came and talked to me since the sale has happened as a businessman,” McGregor said. “I’ve been approached as, ‘Hello’ and that type of stuff, but I’ve earned something. Who owns the company now? People have shares. Celebrities. Conan O’Brien owns the UFC now. Where’s my share? Where’s my equity? If I’m the one that’s bringing this, they’ve got to come talk to me now. I’ve got both belts, family on the way. If you want me to stick around, if you want me to keep doing (this), let’s talk. But I want the ownership now. I want the equal share. I want what I deserve, what I’ve earned.”
McGregor also said that he’s “outworn” his previous contract. So obviously, things could get really interesting in the coming months. Will WME/IMG grant McGregor his wish? Maybe. There’s no question that McGregor is their biggest revenue driver. But, chances are the new owners business model doesn’t include plans to grant fighters equity in the company…
UFC 205 went down at Madison Square Garden in New York City.