Roughly a week before the official announcement, Botter was the first source to break the news of UFC 197’s massive title fights featuring Holly Holm, Miesha Tate, Rafael Dos Anjos and the aforementioned McGregor.
Here he has potentially dropped another gamechanger – stating that ‘The Notorious’ won’t be part of the world’s biggest MMA promotion for much longer.
He also raises the possibility that the Irishman could promote his own fights instead. Such a route is far more prevalent in boxing, but the 145lb. world champion already has a company set up in his name – McGregor Sports and Entertainment Limited.
“Conor McGregor does not plan on being in the UFC for very much longer”, Botter revealed.
I don’t know if it’s going to be this year or next year but Conor McGregor’s end goal is to promote his own fights. Now whether that is in conjunction with the UFC or ‘McGregor Promotions’, I do not know.
The endgame since he walked into the UFC has been to promote his own fights and take the lion’s share of the money.
He’s not going to fight in Croke Park with the UFC. The UFC is not going to run Croke Park. He has been telling people that he will run [a fight in] Croke Park when he’s out on his own. But in order to do this, he has to keep winning.
The notion that a fighter could become too big for a promotion that hasn’t seen credible opposition since the days of Strikeforce, and going it alone appears ridiculous.
That being said, McGregor has his heart set on Mayweather-like numbers, and rumours of conflict with UFC top brass have been gaining traction since December.
You can listen to the full segment from The Sports Network’s podcast below (the above passage begins at around 9:30).