As the UFC prepares to attains its entrance in New York, it is becoming increasingly clear that the Irishman is driving the UFCs money machine
Conor McGregor sat on a stage below Madison Square Garden on Tuesday evening, clutching a deed region that should no longer be his and vowing to seize another boxers from the table before him. And is there any suspense who holds the supremacy in the UFC these days?
On 12 November, the UFC will eventually stage an event in New York. As the organizations chairman, Dana White, waved his hand around two rows of boxers he handpicked for the card his biggest ever there was only one who mattered. McGregor sat in the figurehead, exactly to Whites left, wearing a pinstripe suit and aviator glasses. He shot his fist, he motioned his hands, he pounded the counter. And the crowd of more than 1,000 New Yorkers boomed at his every fuck and chanted his name. He diverted his head toward White, smirked then gazed into the lights.
Four point two billion dollars! Thats what Im worth to this firm! he cried, recurring the price WME-IMG reportedly paid for the UFC the summer months.
He can do whatever he requires in an organization that usually represents its fighters sidesteps. The UFC necessity his look on the Madison Square Garden pavilion more than he needs it himself. No fighter is more vital to the company if they are going to get an instant payback on that $4.2 bn in posterior sales and pay-per-view clicks. Various times White has said that McGregor must represent his region at 145 lb or relinquish it. This only seems fair: McGregor won the featherweight belt in December and is on his third fight without having to defend the deed. If this was anyone else in the UFC, the belt would have likely been yanked away by now.
Instead, McGregor perseveres with this quest to become the first UFC fighter to view two loops at the same experience, and it seems no one wants to tell him no. Rather than the rematch he presumably owes to Jos Aldo, the interim title holder at 145 lbs who he knocked out in 13 seconds at UFC 194 he insisted on the lightweight endorse Eddie Alvarez, a humanity he then lampooned on Tuesday as a ruined, apprehensive boxer who he would knock out in the first round.
Im going to wrap one[ region] around one shoulder and wrap one around the other shoulder, and theyll requirement an army to attract them off of me! he screamed.
And given the way the raunchy mob in the Gardens theater roared at this declaration, its likely he might just get off with it, more. Whos going to slap down the cash cow as he deems a New York crowd in his hands and the pay-per-view buttons on the remote click faster than anyone can count? Aldo, as a great champ for more than six years old, deserves another McGregor fight. But he wont get one. Not now. Not perhaps ever. McGregor is supposed to return the featherweight loop after his fight with Alvarez, its difficult to suspect he will ever afford it back. Its barely surprising that Aldo now requires out of his UFC contract.
So there was McGregor on Tuesday, barely a month after his win over Nate Diaz in UFC 202, strutting as much as he ever has. The Las Vegas campaigns have almost grown-up stale for him, and it is clear New York was always his next destination. He lied in the explosion of the Garden theater crowd on Tuesday, playing to it, feeding it. The other boxers on the stage, endorses many of them, had become his props, randomly selected for searing lampooning.
He didnt even negotiate new money for himself, be thought that! McGregor announced, glaring at Alvarez before turing his gaze to the other fighters, all in clothings like himself. Seem everybody up here! Theyre all “re dressed like” me. Theyre all trying to talk like me. Theyre all trying to be me. This is a lottery fight and this person took it on his last-place contract. Thought that. Imagine going the biggest campaign in the history of video games and saying: Slam your mouth, kid.
When featherweight competitor Jeremy Stephens dared to take a swipe, saying the Irishman only wins on TKOs while he actually knocks beings out, McGregor exploded.
Who the fuck is that person? McGregor pealed. Who the fuck is that?
There is a lot of Donald Trump in McGregor. They have many of the same gimmicks: the talking over opposings, the rude stoppages, the flair for overstatement and the flamboyant allegations of personal abundance( the Irishman, it must be said, has displayed none of the presidential candidates inessential prejudice ). Im closing in on $40 m this year, McGregor said with no showing manifestation to corroborate his claim. Perhaps “hes having” made this much. Perhaps he hasnt. On Tuesday it didnt trouble. The UFC has finally come to New York and it is guaranteed to have the only headliner who counts. As long as McGregor is in the cage the money will follow, Jos Aldo and what is right with the 145 lb belt be damned.
If McGregor wants to cover two regions over his shoulder to carry a show then he will probably get the two regions. The $4.2 bn machine is moving forward, and more and more it looks like McGregor is driving it.
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