With Conor McGregor announcing that his first child is arriving next year and that he now intends to take some time before deciding on his next move, many expect that it could be a while before we see the dual weight champion in the octagon again.
Speaking after his emphatic victory over Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205, McGregor made a number of intriguing comments regarding his future. The Irishman stated that he did not want to raise his newborn in the celebrity orientated environment that he has become accustomed to, while he also declared that he wants equity in the UFC if he is to continue fighting.
“I have a few announcements, but one announcement is that I’m going to be a daddy early next year. I’m crapping me jocks.
“I’m not going to lie. I don’t even know what way to take it. It’s messing with me head because I don’t want to be bringing a child into this. So I’m going to have this baby, take some time and see what way I feel after that…”
“They have got to come talk to me now,” McGregor said. “No one has talked to me since the sale happened. As a businessman, no one has approached (me yet), but I’ve earned something.”
“Who owns the company now? There’s people who have shares in the company, celebrities — Conan O’Brien owns the UFC nowadays. So 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. That’s all I know. I’ve got both belts, a chunk of money, and a little family on the way,” he said. “If you want me to stick around, if you want me to keep doing what I’m doing, let’s talk. But I want ownership now. I want equal share. I want what I deserve.”
“I’m coming for mine now if you want me back,” he said. “Whoever runs this whole shit has got to come to me and give me a real slice, because that’s what I’ve earned. Biggest gate and biggest everything.”
Speaking about McGregor’s comments, the 28-year-old’s father, Tony McGregor, reassured fans regarding his son’s future as a fighter, while also making some extremely heartwarming comments about Conor’s new role as a father.
He’s not leaving fighting no. I mean, it’s a new chapter in his life. He’s only 28 you know? I’m sure when the new arrival comes along he’ll just slot into that as well. He’s a world champion fighter and I’m sure he’s gonna be a world champion dad.