In the above video former UFC title challenger Chael Sonnen discusses the fallout between the UFC and it’s current featherweight champion Conor McGregor.
“The Notorious” was expected to rematch Nate Diaz in a welterweight bout at July’s UFC 200 event, however after Conor refused to attend the UFC’s media tour, the promotion opted to pull the Irish star from this summer’s highly anticipated event.
During his Beyond The Fight segment, Chael gave an interesting theory as to what Conor McGregor might have been planning to do just a couple of month’s ago.
Sonnen believes that Conor McGregor was at one point looking to setup a self-promoted fight in Croke Park against former UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson who at the time was a free agent but has since signed with Bellator.
Here is what Chael had to say on the subject:
“I don’t know what his future is. I can tell you what he wants it to be. I can tell you what his vision is. Everyone’s got a vision and a dream, all you people do too. He’s no different. He wants to do self-promotions. He wants to become a promoter. He believes that he could book Croke Park and sell it out. There was a time even when there was a little bit of discussion going on (about) that.
“I believe he reserved some name, ‘McGregor Promotions’ or something silly like that. And Ben Henderson was floating around, he wasn’t under contract with anybody. Now he’s under contract with Bellator, but for a minute he wasn’t. Conor thought ‘well look, I’m gonna do my own promotion, I can sell out Croke Park right in my hometown. I can find some TV sponsor to partner up with me, and I’ve got an opponent, his name is Ben Henderson.’ How close was that to reality? I don’t think it was very close. But he had that vision. That’s how everything starts, it starts with an idea.”
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