Just hours after Conor McGregor took part in his first mixed martial arts (MMA)-related press conference in two years (see it again here), the fiery Irishman inked a contract extension with Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). According to UFC president Dana White, “Notorious” will be locked down with the promotion for six more fights.
“It’s not hard to do a deal with Conor McGregor because we know what he’s worth,” White told ESPN.
Score another one for the bad guy.
While detailed financial terms weren't revealed, the brash head honcho stated the deal would make Conor the highest-paid fighter in the history of the sport. Whether or not it nets him $100 million, remains to be seen.
There were rumblings teasing the possibility of McGregor wrapping up his MMA career following the event, but it seems he isn't prepared to stop adding to his legacy just yet. Which is good news for five other potential opponents who will undoubtedly be salivating at their chance to share the Octagon with the biggest money-maker the sport has ever seen.
As history (and projections) have shown, the McGregor business is good business for all parties involved, so perhaps it shouldn’t be that surprising to see McGregor strike it richer in what could very well be the final MMA contract of his career.
Indeed, the king is back and he is ready to put on at least six more memorable performances and increase other fighter’s bank accounts, in the process.
First up, “Notorious” will attempt to win back the 155-pound strap he was stripped of when he faces Khabib Nurmagomedov at the upcoming UFC 229 pay-per-view (PPV) event on October 6, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada.