What a crazy week it has been in the world of MMA. Jon Jones made his long awaited comeback, after 15 months away, defeating Ovince Saint Preux, Benson Henderson’s quest to become the first man to hold titles in three different organisations was squashed at the hands of a Russian mauling and of course that Conor McGregor tweet that shook the world.
In the immediate fallout fighters voiced their two cents on the situation, some in support of McGregor’s actions to boycott the UFC 200 pre-sale press conference while others slated the Dubliner claiming his reasoning was not justified.
Never one to keep his opinions to himself, Chael Sonnen strayed off topic slightly when discussing McGregor but assured us that the tweet was all part of a greater goal of self-promotion. The former Middleweight contender drew reference from previous allegations that The Notorious one was planning to start his own promotional company.
On a recent episode of ‘Beyond the Fight’, the self-proclaimed ‘American Gangster’ made a bold claim of plans McGregor had for his dream fight in Croke Park:
“I don’t know what his future is. I can tell you what he wants it to be. I can tell you what his vision is. Everyone’s got a vision or dream, all you people do. He’s no different. He wants to do self-promotions. He wants to become a promotor. He believes that he could book Croke Park and sell it out. There was a time even when there was a little discussion going on about that.
“I believe he reserved some name, ‘McGregor Promotions’ or something silly like that. And Ben Henderson was floating around. He wasn’t under contract with anybody. Now he’s under contract with Bellator, but for a minute he wasn’t. Conor thought, ‘Well look, I’m gonna do my own promotion, I can sell out Croke Park in my hometown. I can find some TV sponsor to partner up with me and I’ve got an opponent, his name is Benson Henderson.”
Judging by some of Sonnen’s past accusations, this claim should definitely be taken with a pinch of salt. However, with relations between McGregor and the UFC at an all time low, coupled with the same previous accusations, maybe it’s not too far-fetched at all for the biggest star in the sport.
David O’Donovan, Pundit Arena
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