As the UFC prepares to constitutes its entryway in New York, it is becoming increasingly clear that the Irishman is driving the UFCs money machine
Conor McGregor sat on a theatre below Madison Square Garden on Tuesday evening, clutching a entitlement belt that should no longer be his and vowing to snatch another soldiers from the table before him. And is there any disbelieve 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 president, Dana White, brandished his hands around two sequences of soldiers he handpicked for the card his biggest ever there was only one who mattered. McGregor sat in the front, just to Whites left, wearing a pinstripe suit and aviator glasses. He ran his fist, he motioned his hands, he pounded the table. And the crowd of more than 1,000 New Yorkers boomed at his every fuck and sung his reputation. He revolved his head toward White, smirked then gazed into the lights.
Four point two billion dollars! Thats what Im worth to this companionship! he hollered, reciting the price WME-IMG reportedly paid for the UFC the summer months.
He can do whatever he misses in an organization that usually sees its fighters craves. The UFC requirement his face on the Madison Square Garden marquee more than he needs it himself. No soldier is more vital to the company if they are going to get an instant payback on that $4.2 bn in tush auctions and pay-per-view clinks. Various occasions White has said that McGregor must represent his region at 145 lb or abdicate it. This only seems fair: McGregor won the featherweight loop 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 pulled away by now.
Instead, McGregor perseveres with this quest to grow the first UFC fighter to restraint two loops at the same time, and it seems no one wants to tell him no. Instead than the rematch he supposedly 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 champ Eddie Alvarez, a person he then teased on Tuesday as a stony-broke, jealous boxer who he would knock out in the first round.
Im going to wrap one[ belt] around one shoulder and wrap one around the other shoulder, and theyll involve an legion to attract them off of me! he screamed.
And given the way the raunchy rabble in the Gardens theater roared at this statement, its likely he might just get by with it, very. Whos going to slap down the cash cow as he views a New York crowd in his hand and the pay-per-view buttons on the remote click faster than anyone can count? Aldo, as a great endorse for more than six years, deserves another McGregor fight. But he wont get one. Not now. Not perhaps ever. McGregor is supposed to return the featherweight loop after his fighting against Alvarez, its difficult to see he will ever establish it back. Its just surprising that Aldo now requires out of his UFC contract.
So there was McGregor on Tuesday, just a few months after his win over Nate Diaz in UFC 202, strutting as much as he ever has. The Las Vegas opposes have almost grown stale for him, and it is clear New York was always his next end. He basked in the blast of the Garden theater crowd on Tuesday, playing to it, feeding it. The other soldiers 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 screamed, glaring at Alvarez before turing his gape to the other fighters, all in dress like himself. Ogle 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 follower took it on his last contract. Imagine that. Imagine getting the biggest campaign in the history of the game and answering: Shut your opening, kid.
When featherweight competitor Jeremy Stephens dared to take a swipe, responding the Irishman exclusively 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 ruses: the talking over opposings, the inconsiderate stops, the panache for overstatement and the ostentatious affirmations of personal property( the Irishman, it must be said, has exposed nothing of the presidential candidates inessential racism ). Im closing in on $40 m this year, McGregor pronounced with no corroborating exhibit to carry its statement of claim. Perhaps he has made this much. Perhaps he hasnt. On Tuesday it didnt problem. The UFC was eventually 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 “whats right” with the 145 lb belt be damned.
If McGregor was intended to cover two belts over his shoulder to carry a show then he is very likely to get the two loops. The $4.2 bn machine is moving forward, and more and more it looks like McGregor is driving it.
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