Conor McGregor made history on November 12th in New York when he defeated Eddie Alvarez for the UFC lightweight title.
Adding the 155lb belt to his featherweight strap made him the promotion’s first ever simultaneous two-weight champion and confirms the man from Crumlin as one of the biggest ever stars in the UFC.
At the post-fight press conference the Irishman made the announcement that he is to become a father next May. He also dropped the bombshell that he now deserves an equity share in the UFC, based on his earning capacity for the business.
“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.”
MMA Junkie has now reached out to the UFC roster to see what they think about the prospect of McGregor being given an equity share in the business. Perhaps surprisingly, it appears the general consensus is that the outspoken man from Dublin has a valid claim.
Video Credit: MMAjunkie
While the likes of Gregard Mousasi, Artem Lobov and Claudia Gadelha are among those commenting in the video, none of the ‘top tier’ fighters have publicly commented on the prospect of McGregor being given part ownership of the promotion. However, you might well expect that opinions might be somewhat different to those quoted above.
What do you think? Should ‘The Notorious’ one be given a piece or is there a conflict of interest in any such move?
Gary Brennan, Pundit Arena
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