Conor McGregor Offered Piece Of The UFC, But There’s A Catch
While he may be on a break until mid next year, Conor McGregor is looking to the future as the dual featherweight and lightweight champion of the UFC. McGregor hopes to meet with the UFC’s new owners from WME-IMG about a possible stake in the UFC itself before making his return to the cage. Cards featuring McGregor as a main event headliner have broken many UFC pay per view, cable broadcast and arena gate records, so it stands to reason for some that WME-IMG may look into the possibility of giving him a stake.
Hollywood superstar Mark Wahlberg has come out in favour of the Irishman, saying he would be willing to give some of his stake to McGregor, if he “cuts the check.”
“Cut the check, baby. He’s got to cut the check. Everybody cuts a check if you want a piece,” said Wahlberg. “As a matter of fact, I will give him a piece of mine because you know he is the face of the UFC right now. But, also in business, you got to cut the check.”
A slew of celebrities have already invested a minimum of $250,000 each in the UFC, with shareholders including Tom Brady, Michael Bay, Conan O’Brien, Maria Sharapova, Trey Parker and Sylvester Stallone.
“Our new investors bring an incredible depth of knowledge and experience to help us continue to elevate this brand and capitalize on its entertainment and sports crossover appeal” said Dana White regarding the addition of the new shareholders.
McGregor has surely elevated the UFC brand in his time with the promotion. Wahlberg says that if Conor doesn’t end up accepting his offer to buy his way in, he sees himself working with the “Notorious” one in the future.
“You know what? He’s a hustler like me so there are probably a lot more opportunities out there for us to make and work together.”
Those opportunities will have to wait for now. McGregor has said he will not return to the octagon until after May 2017 as he prepares for his girlfriend to give birth to their first child.