Early this week, Conor McGregor apparently retired from MMA. McGregor’s retirement was so sudden and sudden, that many didn’t consider it to be real. In spite of everything, McGregor made an analogous proclamation in 2016 whereas within the midst of a contract dispute with the UFC. However whereas historical past may very well be repeating itself, UFC President Dana White doesn’t consider that to be the case, primarily, as a result of he says they haven’t been negotiating with McGregor just lately.
“You already know, I used to be stunned,” White advised TMZ Sports activities just lately. “It got here out of nowhere final evening. Lots of people have been speculating that it was posturing due to negotiations however we actually haven’t been negotiating that onerous. He mentioned that in Chicago, I noticed that and he despatched me a textual content, however we’ve actually by no means had a nasty dialog with Conor McGregor since he’s been within the UFC.
“He went again and he mentioned I really feel like I ought to personal a bit of the corporate,” White mentioned. “And I mentioned, ‘Conor, that’s by no means gonna occur. However this was a pair weeks in the past. After which final evening when he did that – hear, I don’t know why everyone’s so shocked about it. When you concentrate on it, ever because the Floyd Mayweather combat, you don’t know if this man’s ever gonna combat once more. He’s fought twice since he gained in 2016.”
McGregor just lately advised followers in Chicago that he was in search of “his rightful shares” within the UFC, one thing he’s been after since turning into the organizations first “champ champ” after knocking out Eddie Alvarez. It’s one thing the UFC has been staunchly towards. Although the group did yield some for The Cash Struggle towards Floyd Mayweather, co-promoting the enterprise with Showtime Boxing, Mayweather Promotions, and McGregor’s personal McGregor Sports activities and Leisure, they’ve drawn a tough line towards giving up fairness. That doesn’t appear prone to change anytime quickly, with White saying the one manner he’d hand over any is that if McGregor paid for it.
“I’m certain that’s the case,” White mentioned. “However Conor has by no means come out, sat down with me and mentioned, ‘I need a piece of the corporate, right here’s why.’ We’ve by no means had that dialog. We did it in textual content a pair weeks in the past. Like I mentioned, I’ve by no means had a nasty dialog with Conor McGregor in your complete time he’s been on this firm. You already know I like the man. He’s obtained loads of cash, if he needs to retire, that’s his resolution. I all the time say, once you speak about retirement, it’s in all probability one thing you must do if that’s what you’re pondering.
“If you wish to personal a bit of the corporate, you’d should put up the cash to purchase a bit of the corporate. That’s the way it works. These are all components of negotiation. In the event you wished to purchase into the UFC proper now, the valuation is fairly enormous.”
White additionally admitted that if McGregor wished to do some horse buying and selling and negotiate a part of his pay as fairness choices, he can be keen to entertain the thought. However proper now may not be the most effective time for that. Simply yesterday, the New York Occasions reported that McGregor is underneath investigation for a sexual assault allegation in Eire. On high of that, the UFC only in the near past signed an unique PPV take care of ESPN, which means that the UFC has by no means wanted McGregor much less. Moreover, White says, the UFC is a model unto itself and doesn’t want McGregor to maintain shifting ahead.
“I’ve been listening to that for 20 years,” White concluded. “I’ve been listening to that when each star is coming to the top of their profession. Individuals have been saying that to me for 20 years. After we offered the corporate, ‘Ari paid an excessive amount of and the UFC is lifeless now! They’re not gonna get a tv deal!’ I hear these things on a regular basis.
“Initially, no person is aware of what we’re engaged on. No one is aware of something about this sport. No one! Not even the so-called consultants as a result of all these things is new. The issues that we’re doing – we’ve been the trailblazers on this enterprise for the final 20 years and we’re gonna be for the following 20 years too. The stuff that we’re engaged on is so enormous and so subsequent stage and it’s wonderful when we now have stars like Georges St-Pierre and Anderson Silva and Conor McGregor and Ronda Rousey. But it surely’s a part of sports activities. There will probably be others.”
Dangerous information. Report: Conor McGregor underneath investigation for sexual assault allegation in Eire.
Execs React. Khabib Nurmagomedov, execs react to Conor McGregor retirement announcement,
Askren. Ben Askren on preventing Jorge Masvidal subsequent: ‘I mentioned sure, he doesn’t need to do it’.
Showtime. Coach: ‘Good’ KO of Stephen Thompson was Anthony Pettis ‘at his greatest’.
Charisma. Cain Velasquez to make professional wrestling debut at TripleMania.
Response to Conor’s potential retirement.
Conor on Jimmy Fallon.
Cowboy on SportsCenter speaking about Conor.
Fighter decide Barboza-Gaethje.
Eurobash. Interviews with Nathaniel Wooden, Phil De Fries, and Jack Hermansson.
Fights Gone By. Jack Slack is just not impressed by this week’s UFC providing.
I don’t know what this implies.
Losers gotta combat the losers
You bought me twisted
— Nathan Diaz (@NateDiaz209) March 26, 2019
Profitable surgical procedure.
The primary troll within the recreation.
Forwards and backwards.
Desperately making an attempt to remain within the dialog.
@GamebredFighter do not you dare take that Askren combat pussy. I advised you now you are fucked. You bought saved by safety final time you’ll not be saved by the UFC this time
— Leon ‘Rocky’ Edwards (@Leon_edwardsmma) March 27, 2019
The legendary fights towards Nate. His dominant win over Dennis Siver. That outstanding 7 combat undefeated streak to start out his UFC profession. I perceive he was a polarizing determine within the sport, however Grey Maynard actually does not get sufficient credit score.
— caposa (@Grabaka_Hitman) March 26, 2019
Ray Borg (11-Three) vs. Casey Kenney (11-1-1); UFC on ESPN 2, Mar 30.
Alex Oliviera (20-6-1, 2 NC) vs. Mike Perry (12-Four); UFC Fort Lauderdale, April 27.
Megan Anderson (9-Three) vs. Felicia Spencer (6-Zero); UFC Rochester, Could 18.
Tai Tuivasa (Eight-1) vs. Blagoy Ivanov (17-2, 1 NC); UFC 238, June Eight.
2003: Frank Shamrock got here out of retirement, profitable the inaugural WEC mild heavyweight title with an armbar of Bryan Pardoe at WEC 6. Additionally that evening, Nick Diaz gained the welterweight title with a kimura end of Joe Hurley.
2010: Georges St-Pierre efficiently defended his welterweight title towards Dan Hardy with a dominant unanimous resolution at UFC 111. Additionally that night, Shane Carwin knocked out Frank Mir to win the interim heavyweight title.
2015: Marcos Galvao gained the Bellator bantamweight title by submitting Joe Warren with a kneebar at Bellator 135.
This quote is from Conor’s spokesperson in response to the New York Occasions piece that got here out yesterday.
“Ought to Conor combat sooner or later it have to be in an surroundings the place fighters are revered for his or her worth, their talent, their onerous work and their dedication to the game.”
In the event you learn this and don’t assume Conor is posturing to get fairness, more cash, co-promotion rights, or all of that, you’re not paying consideration.
Thanks for studying and see y’all tomorrow.
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