Conor McGregor is never far away from controversy or a strange story circling around social media due to his spiralling popularity and star appeal, with fighters from all corners of the globe and fighting backgrounds seemingly wanting to fight the Irishman.
All this despite his recent submission defeat to Khabib Nurmagomedov in Las Vegas, and the stories from his camp keep coming out.
The latest claims have emerged from Team McGregor and that is that Conor was offered a seven-figure sum for a three-round fight with an unnamed Chinese kick-boxer.
The Irishman’s trainer John Kavanagh revealed on the True Geordie Podcast that he received the offer whilst he was discussing Floyd Mayweather’s on/off fight with Japanese kick-boxer Tenshin Nasukawa.
“I’ll give you a funny one," he started.
"I had a guy message me just a few days ago.
“A Chinese kick-boxer wanted to do three rounds with Conor for $3.5million.”
The news of this offer from a mysterious kick-boxer comes after Mayweather cancelled his own scheduled three-round fight against Nasukawa, claiming the fight was only scheduled to be held in front of a small group of wealthy investors.
The clash against Nasukawa was due to take place on New Year's Eve in Saitama, and it is unknown whether the fight will actually take place, with Mayweather seemingly changing his mind on a daily basis.
After cancelling the fight, it appears the undefeated American has had a change of heart, describing the three-round bout as a “no brainier” with the fights promotors Rizin Fighting Federation claiming that negotiations are back underway.
John Kavanagh has claimed that despite the lucrative offer from from the unknown fighter, McGregor would never take up such a fight, despite the offer being a “legitimate offer”.
“This guy was connected and it was a legitimate offer. I know he [McGregor] wouldn’t do it. You get the odd funny message like that. And, like I said, it was genuine.
“I know the boxing promoter well and he’s very well known. So he wasn’t going to come with an offer that wasn’t legitimate,” explained the Irishman.
As with all quotes like this, it sent members of the public on social media into a frenzy to find the identity of the mystery Chinese kick-boxer, with many suggesting it could be martial artist Yi Long.
Yi Long is a Shaolin monk, a sanshou and wushu expert, and his kick-boxing record stands at an impressive 61-12-1.
However, it seems unlikely that, even if McGregor was interested in a fight with Yi Long, it would actually take place.
For any fight like that to be sanctioned, Dana White would have to authorise Conor to participate, which seems highly unlikely given McGregor could still be suspended by the Nevada State Athletic Commission following the post-fight brawl between himself and Khabib in Las Vegas.News Now - Sport News