“Notorious”, the film about UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor’s life opened up in Dublin, Ireland today. The champ held a Q&A with fans in attendance where he answered questions about his return to the UFC.
“I was promoter on the Mayweather fight, and we’re in current negotiations,” McGregor said. “I ain’t stepping in that octagon again unless I’m part owner of the whole setup – I’m a promoter.”
Tony Ferguson earned the interim UFC lightweight title with a win over Kevin Lee at UFC 216, likely setting up the unification bout against McGregor, but nothing has been set in stone as of yet. The biggest holdup is likely the payscale.
How much would McGregor earn for a fight against Ferguson?
The August 26 boxing bout with Mayweather guaranteed McGregor $30 million up front. Reports state that he cleared upwards of $100 million after pay-per-view shares were distributed. Should McGregor head back to the UFC, his pay would dip drastically, hence the reason the Irishman wants incentives.
“Everyone’s trying to get me to do something for money, and that’s all the way up, and all the way down. That’s from the fight game, that’s talk, that’s what they’re trying to do.
“They’re trying to get me back before the end of the year to make the company money so they can re-service the debt after the big $4.2 billion sale and all this bollocks, and I’m sitting there watching them type of wars I came through, back-to-back-to-back, and watching how I got there, and I’m like, I need to take my time here. I’m in no hurry. I’m in a great position. I’m in the forever money stage now. My money is up there rattling around in the money counter machine, so I’m good.”