The fact that Conor McGregor is under contract with the UFC doesn’t seem to bother the guys over at KSW, who have made two offers in attempting to lure the ‘Notorious’ over to Eastern Europe for a fight. While the offers are probably tongue in cheek and an attempt to promote the company, the latest offer is certainly an intriguing one.
The initial offer was reported to be $2 million to fight on the undercard against Rasul Mirzaev, a 15-0 fighter, from Russia. The 30 year old has ten finishes, seven of which came in the first round. A relatively unknown prospect, Mirzaev would be a dangerous opponent for McGregor as a loss at that level would surely destroy his legacy.
Russian media is reporting that Conor McGregor was offered $2 million to fight Rasul Mirzaev at Fight Nights: Fedor vs. Maldonado in June.
— Karim Zidan (@ZidanSports) April 27, 2016
The latest offer from KSW however, must be very much appealing to Dublin native. $3 million to square off against the current KSW Featherweight Champion.
But who is the KSW Featherweight Champion?
It just so happens that the current Champ is Artur Sowinski, a former opponent of McGregor. The pair last met in 2011, when McGregor beat the Polish fighter by TKO early in the secound round.
Hey @TheNotoriousMMA we'd like to up the stakes. We offer you 3 mln $ to face KSW current FW champ. How 'bout that?
— Maciej Kawulski (@MaciejKawulski) April 28, 2016
$3 million to fight someone you beat easily early in your caree sounds good. Also factor in the fact that this fight would be in June and McGregor is already in training camp for a fight the UFC just pulled him from.
Let us also not forget there is a precedent for such behaviour before in the UFC.
In 2004 the UFC Welterweight Champion BJ Penn signed an exclusive contract to fight with Japanese promotion K-1 fighting. He was stripped of his UFC title and fought four times for the Japanese promotion. After a little over two years, Penn returned to the UFC and fought none other than Georges St. Pierre on his return.
He went on to win a second title in a different weight class (Lightweight), making him the second ever fighter in history to do so.
Could history be about to repeat itself?
KSW are playing for keeps. Really doubt this can happen with McG's contract in place though. It's good craic though. https://t.co/30fyES6sY8
— Peter Carroll (@PetesyCarroll) April 28, 2016
Realistically, the fight will not happen due to McGregor being tied down to a contract with the UFC, and even though the relationship is clearly fractured, there is no other organization that can match the earning potential of fighting with the UFC.