Conor McGregor Demands Ownership Stake in the UFC
Conor McGregor made a demand on the UFC over the weekend, after knocking out Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205 inside Madison Square Garden. He wants a piece of the company.
The MMA superstar says he's gonna take some time off, because he and longtime girlfriend Dee Devlin are expecting their first child together. So, he wants to enjoy his new child... and then, he expects the UFC to approach him about an equity stake in the company.
"They’ve (the UFC) got to come talk to me now, no one’s talked to me since the sale. Who owns the company now? Celebrities have shares in it now, who owns it and where’s my share? You want me to stick around, let’s talk. I want the ownership, I want what I deserve, I want what I’ve earned," McGregor declared.
"I can keep going all day but I’m aware of my worth. Whoever runs this shit has got to come to me. I’ve outgrown the contract. You want me to stick around, bring me onboard for real. Not just as this. I need to be set for life."
McGregor is referencing the recent $4.2 billion sale of the UFC to WME-IMG over the summer. Reports also surfaced that a number of celebrities now own a stake in the UFC, including Ben Affleck, Tom Brady, Jimmy Kimmel and Cam Newton.
UFC president Dana White seemed to agree with McGregor about his special status after Saturday night's performance.
"This ain't hype. This is real, man," White said. "Everybody said that the kink in his armor was wrestling, and when he meets a guy who can wrestle he's in big trouble -- not one takedown tonight. Defended everything.
"You know, Eddie Alvarez was saying Santa Claus isn't real. Santa Claus is back, you know what I mean? The guy is special. And what's next? We'll let him enjoy this moment. I'm gonna enjoy this moment. And we'll talk business later."