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I barely even watch the UFC but Conor McGregor might be my favorite athlete on the planet right now. The level of swagger is unmatched in sports. He has the confidence of Ali and the wardrobe of ’90s Deion.
McGregor took down Eddie Alvarez Saturday night with a TKO and is now the owner of two weight class title belts. Now he’s ready for the “real money” to start rolling in.
From CBS Sports:
“If you want to come at me, if you want me to stick around and help service that debt and continue to push the company, bring me on board — for real,” McGregor said at the post-fight press conference. “I need to be set for life for this. If you want me to be truly on on board, then I need to be all-in on this proper, as an owner, and have an equity stake in the company. That’s what I’m looking for.”
That certainly sounds like a man ready to hold out for a bigger contract. As the biggest star in the sport — and maybe in all of sports — McGregor knows the value that brings to the table. Holding two belts at the same time doesn’t hurt either.
“They’ve got to come talk to me now,” McGregor said. “Both belts. Money. I want the ownership now. If we’re going to keep doing this, let’s talk, but I want an equal share. I want what I’ve deserved, what I’ve earned.”
Remember, this is a guy who has been reluctant in the past to promote his own fights. He believes he’s bigger than the sport, and he might be right..
[via CBS Sports]
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