Conor McGregor is the biggest star that the UFC has ever had. Sure you can talk about Georges St.Pierre, Ronda Rousey, Brock Lesnar and the other big names, but McGregor is on a plane of existence all on his own right now.
The Notorious One became the first UFC fighter ever to appear on Forbes' richest athletes list earlier this year after earning a whopping $22 million over the past 12 months.
And now, the Irishman could be set to make his boldest move yet, trying to become an actual co-owner of the UFC. Seriously.
McGregor the Owner
Apparently, with the UFC currently in some sort of rumoured sales negotiations, McGregor will be trying to grab himself some equity in the promotion.
While promoting the release of his new book in a radio interview, McGregor's coach John Kavanagh revealed that co-ownership was something that the Featherweight Champion was seriously interested in.
"What will happen when it is sold, if it is sold? Short answer is, I don't know what will happen the daily operations of it . . . it is a truly global company now," Kavanagh was quoted as saying, by the Business Post. "Like any big takeover, there will be a period of finding your feet again."
That so called "finding your feet" is apparently putting dollar signs in McGregor's eyes in the form of equity in the UFC from the new ownership group, whoever they are.
"Conor will have thought of this and I am sure, when he is sitting down with his new overlords, he will have that conversation."
Being the biggest star a company has ever had does have its bonuses. One of them may be the official title of co-owner, depending how good of a negotiator McGregor and his team are. Seeing as he already earns a share of the pay-per-view revenue for his fights, McGregor is pretty good.