Conor McGregor Cashes In With New Monster UFC Deal. Here Are The Details
Conor McGregor agreed to a six-fight deal with the UFC late Thursday.
Terms were not disclosed, but White said the deal could make McGregor the most money in the sport, especially given his pay-per-view appeal. The six fights include the matchup with Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 229 on Oct. 6.
White said pay-per-view buys for UFC 229, in which McGregor will be fighting Nurmagomedov for the world lightweight championship as the main event, were trending toward 2.5 million buys. The record for a UFC event is 1.6 million buys, for McGregor’s rematch with Nate Diaz at UFC 202.
This seems like a great deal for all sides involved, and I’m not surprised one bit that it might make him the most money in the sport. Nobody has the same draw or name recognition in the fighting game as the Irish-born star. (SLIDESHOW: These UFC Women Really Hate Wearing Clothes)
People are willing to shell out for a pay-per-view of McGregor without a second thought. He’s already on his way to more than 2 million buys for the Khabib Nurmagomedov fight October 6. Like I said, the man just knows how to get eyeballs on him. (SLIDESHOW: These Are The Greatest Ronda Rousey Photos On The Internet)
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The only question now is how this deal will impact any boxing in the future. There have long been rumors that McGregor and Floyd Mayweather are gunning for a rematch. I’m not sure that’s still on the table after locking in for six more UFC fights, but never say never. (SLIDESHOW: These Are The Sexiest Paige VanZant Photos On The Internet)
When there’s money to be made, you can bet McGregor and Dana White will do whatever it takes to stack their bank accounts.
Either way, I’m excited to see what we get out of McGregor in the future.