As the UFC prepares to obliges its entering in New York, it is becoming increasingly clear that the Irishman is driving the UFCs money machine
Conor McGregor sat on a stagecoach below Madison Square Garden on Tuesday evening, clutching a deed belt that should no longer be his and vowing to seizure another fighters from the table before him. And is there any indecision who holds the ability in the UFC these days?
On 12 November, the UFC will eventually stage an phenomenon in New York. As the organizations chairman, Dana White, brandished his hand around two rows of fighters he handpicked for the card his biggest ever there was only one who mattered. McGregor sat in the front, precisely to Whites left, wearing a pinstripe suit and aviator glasses. He spouted his fist, he brandished his hands, he pounded the table. And the crowd of more than 1,000 New Yorkers boomed at his every fucking and chanted his name. He grew his head toward White, smirked then gazed into the lights.
Four point two billion dollars! Thats what Im worth to this company! he announced, repeating the rate WME-IMG apparently paid for the UFC this summer.
He can do whatever he wants in an organization that usually stirs its fighters sidesteps. The UFC needs his face on the Madison Square Garden marquee more than he needs it himself. No boxer is more vital to the company if they are going to get an instantaneous payback on that $4.2 bn in fanny marketings and pay-per-view clinks. Various days White has said that McGregor must defend his belt at 145 lb or relinquish it. This only seems fair: McGregor won the featherweight region in December and is on his third fight without having to defend the entitlement. 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 grow the first UFC fighter to continue two belts at the same season, and it seems no one wants to tell him no. Preferably 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 husband he then scorned on Tuesday as a divulge, jealous fighter 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 need an infantry to pluck them off of me! he screamed.
And given the way the bawdy syndicate in the Gardens theater roared at this declaration, its likely he might just get by with it, very. Whos going to slap down the cash cow as he harbours 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 champion for more than six years old, deserves another McGregor fight. But he wont get one. Not now. Not maybe ever. McGregor is supposed to return the featherweight loop after his fight with Alvarez, its difficult to suppose he will ever give it back. Its hardly surprising that Aldo now craves out of his UFC contract.
So there was McGregor on Tuesday, barely a few months after his win over Nate Diaz in UFC 202, strutting as much as he was never has. The Las Vegas pushes have almost grown stale for him, and it is clear New York was always his next destination. He sunbathed in the blast of the Garden theater crowd on Tuesday, playing to it, feeding it. The other fighters on the stage, champions many of them, had become his props, randomly selected for searing lampooning.
He didnt even negotiate new money for himself, imagine that! McGregor cried, glaring at Alvarez before turing his gaze to the other soldiers, all in dress like himself. Look everybody up here! Theyre all dressed like me. Theyre all trying to talk like me. Theyre all trying to be me. This is a lottery fight and this man took it on his last-place contract. Envisage that. Imagine get the biggest fight in its own history of video games and saying: Shut your opening, kid.
When featherweight challenger Jeremy Stephens dared to take a swipe, saying the Irishman merely acquires on TKOs while he actually knocks parties out, McGregor exploded.
Who the fuck is that person? McGregor thundered. Who the fuck is that?
There is a lot of Donald Trump in McGregor. They have many of the same ruses: the talking over rivals, the insulting interruptions, the knack for overstatement and the ostentatious declarations of personal opulence( the Irishman, it must be said, has displayed none of the presidential candidates inessential racism ). Im closing in on $40 m this year, McGregor said with no showing proof to foundation his claim. Maybe “hes having” made this much. Perhaps he hasnt. On Tuesday it didnt question. The UFC has finally come to New York and it is guaranteed to have the only headliner who weighs. 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 drape two regions over his shoulder to carry a show then he is very likely to get the two belts. The $4.2 bn machine is moving forward, and more and more it looks like McGregor is driving it.
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