LAS VEGAS – When all the receipts are tallied from Saturday’s “The Money Fight,” UFC President Dana White is likely to be a very happy man.
He’s also likely to have to pay Conor McGregor more money. If his boxing match with Floyd Mayweather performs as expected at the box office, how could he ever be satisfied with his UFC paychecks?
“I have a feeling we’re going to have that conversation,” White told MMAjunkie on Tuesday night at The Ultimate Fighter Gym after Dana White’s Contender Series 7. “And I don’t mind it. I welcome that conversation. He deserves it.”
White certainly has had his moments with McGregor (21-3 MMA, 9-1 UFC). He once promised an “epic fall” if the Irish champ pursued a boxing match with Floyd Mayweather (49-0 boxing). But then they got into business together, and money made everything right.
So high is White on his star that he’s even willing to entertain the idea of offering McGregor an ownership stake in the UFC – something McGregor has frequently talked about as the next step in his evolution as a fighter and businessman.
“It’s never been done, but anything is possible,” White said. “There’s a lot of people who feel like they’re worth this, and they’re worth that – we know what this kid’s worth.”
In other words, when the UFC can reasonably predict wide profit margins, it can justify giving McGregor something no other fighter has received.
White admits the Irish star is treated differently. But with the amount of money McGregor making, to not cede to his demands is bad business.view original article >>