Truth or fiction?
In an interview with MMA Hour host Ariel Helwani UFC superstar Connor McGregor has said he is negotiating a nine figure contract with the UfC franchise.
“Let’s compare contracts,” he said in the interview, “because the contract that I’m talking now is nine figures – NINE FIGURES!, I’m talking. Nobody in the game has talked nine figures.
“That’s $100 million plus. That’s my contract, so, that’s where I’m at and I’ve done it the way I’ve done it. Either learn from it or don’t.”
Many are wary of such an astronomical sum. Especially when the UFC has never even approached the figures paid to boxing superstars (like Floyd Mayweather).
But McGregor claims he is worth every cent.
“When you’re bringing in $60 million revenue on a fight where the main event guy (Jose Aldo) has pulled out two weeks before, you think anyone else can do that?
“This next one (the fight against Aldo), we are estimating $10 million for the gate alone. This is going to bring in $90 to $100 million this card here. So you’re damn right I’ll get it (the nine-figure contract).
“I came at them (the UFC) with facts, I came at them with numbers, and I didn’t go round about. I looked them dead in the eye with straight facts. When someone comes at you with clear facts, there’s only one thing you can do – and that’s respect it. You got to respect good business, if you don’t respect good business, then that’s on you. I am very confident we will come to a deal and it will be in the nine-figure mark, and rightfully so.”
McGregor will fight Aldo for the championship belt on December 12th after easily disposing of Aldo’s short-notice replacement Chad Mendez.
McGregor has become one of the most widely recognisable fighter in the UFC stable. But when asked who was the bigger star, himself or Women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey, he was quick to give credit where it was due:
“I have a lot of respect for Ronda, rightfully so. She’s as dominant as they come. I’m a big fan of Ronda, I always have been,” he waxed. “Ronda is the queen and I am the king.”