“The Notorious” stated at the UFC 205 post-fight press conference that since the UFC was purchased by WME-IMG, he hasn’t talked business with any of the new owners. McGregor said that if they want him to continue competing in the Octagon and bringing big business in, he wants shares of the UFC.
With Ronda Rousey being handily defeated by the current UFC women’s bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes at UFC 207, the negotiations just got much greater for McGregor, especially with Rousey’s future in fighting being uncertain at this point.
UFC commentator Joe Rogan along with friends Joey Diaz, Eddie Bravo, and Brendan Schaub chatted on the Joe Rogan Experience podcast about the negotiating power “The Notorious” has with Rousey taking another devastating loss.
Schaub said (at 00:57 of the video), “Speaking of UFC 207, you know who the biggest winner is? Conor McGregor.”
Rogan was thrown off by Schaub’s statement and asked, “How so?”
“He’s the only star,” Schaub replied.
“Oh, yeah,” Rogan agreed. “He gets all the stock.”
“He’s the only megastar,” Schaub reiterated. “And he goes, ‘You fellas wanna talk now or what do you want to do? Because I’m the only guy left.”
Rogan went on to state that the next UFC pay-per-view event features a main event bout between Holly Holm and Germaine de Randamie, which will likely only grab the attention of the more hardcore MMA fans. The guys all talk about who else is capable of selling big pay-per-view numbers currently in the UFC.
“Obviously there’s Conor McGregor and then there’s everybody else,” Rogan said (at 3:01 of the video). “There was a thing that they showed the other day that Conor in three fights drew more pay-per-view than the entire UFC roster in 2014. He’s the best. He’s the biggest for sure.”
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