Conor McGregor signs new eight-fight deal

Conor McGregor

Following UFC 229’s press conference today, Conor McGregor has a new contract with the UFC. According to ESPN’s Darren Rovell, McGregor has signed a new eight-fight deal.

After not fighting in the UFC since winning the lightweight title against Eddie Alvarez back at UFC 205 and a brief stint in boxing, McGregor is back.

The former double-champ will be making his long-awaited return to the Octagon against Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 229 on Oct. 6.

An interesting wrinkle to the contract is that Proper Whiskey’s logo will be on the canvas on every one of McGregor’s fights. Thus, proving that McGregor was right when he said his whiskey was a sponsor of the UFC.

“You bet your bollocks it is,” McGregor said when asked if the logo of his product will have a presence in the octagon. “On the canvas. On the canvas. Like [Nurmagomedov’s] blood will be on the canvas.”

Not only will Proper Whiskey be on the canvas for all of his UFC fights, but his new contract also does not hold his boxing rights, meaning McGregor will be free to leave for another boxing match if he so chooses. Floyd Mayweather round two anybody?

The contract is obviously nice for the UFC knowing they will have their biggest star back in the sport for the foreseeable future. While McGregor also was paid a pretty penny according to UFC President Dana White.

“It’s not hard to do a deal with Conor McGregor because we know what he’s worth,” White told ESPN.

According to Rovell, terms of the deal were not disclosed but White told ESPN that the contract could make McGregor the most money in the sport.

McGregor was always going to make a lot of money given how much his fights do on pay-per-view, as according to White, the McGregor vs Nurmagomedov fight is trending to do 2.5 million buys. 

If McGregor does indeed fight all eight fights on his contract with the UFC, it will be a win-win for both of the parties involved.

Do you think McGregor will fight all eight fights on his contract?

This article first appeared on BJPENN.COM on 9/20/2018.