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Conor McGregor Demands UFC Ownership Stake

Conor McGregor Demands UFC Ownership Stake

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After becoming the first simultaneous two-weight-class champion fighter in UFC history, Conor McGregor has made it clear that the company is going to have to pay up if they want him to stick around.

On Saturday, at UFC 205, McGregor defeated Alvarez to claim the lightweight belt in a second-round knockout. He then announced that he was going to become a father and that his plan was 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.”

Conor McGregor wants a stake in the UFC. With the company selling for an eye-popping $4.2B to Hollywood entertainment conglomerate WME-IMG this summer, McGregor bluntly stated that he want’s what’s his.

“If you want to come at me, 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.”

“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.”

The year prior to UFC 205, McGregor fights accounted for three of the top four pay-per-view draws. The number one, resulting in 1.65 million orders, being the UFC pay-per-view McGregor-Diaz II. And now according to president Dana White UFC 205 would probably top that. It already drew a reported gate of $17.7 million, topping the record of $13.5M set by Evander Holyfield vs. Lennox Lewis in 1999.

“I’ve earned something,” McGregor said. “I’ve earned, I mean, who owns the company now? There’s people who have shares in the company, celebrities, Conan O’Brien owns the UFC now, so, where’s my share? Where’s my equity? I’m the one that’s banking this.”

Does McGregor have the type of leverage needed for the UFC to meet his demands? Stay tuned…

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