In the lead-up to his main-event fight with Eddie Alvarez for the lightweight championship at UFC 205, featherweight champion Conor McGregor teased that a big announcement was coming after he walked out of The Octagon successful.
Make history McGregor did in knocking out Alvarez to become the first-ever simultaneous two-division champion in the Ultimate Fighting Championship, and now, he wants a bigger piece of the proverbial pie before agreeing to his next fight.
“I’ve earned something,” McGregor said. “Who owns the company right now? People have shares in the company. Celebrities. Conan O’Brien owns the UFC now, so where’s my share? Where’s my equity? I’m the one that’s bringing this. They’ve got to come talk to me now.
“I’ve got both belts. That’s showing them money, a little family on the way. You want me to stick around? Do you want me to keep doing what I’ve been doing? Let’s talk, but I want the ownership now. I want the equal share. I want what I deserve, what I've earned.”
With the win over Alvarez, McGregor has now successfully fought in three weight classes over the last 11 months, posting a 3-1 record in four bouts at featherweight (145 pounds), welterweight (170) and lightweight (155).
He improved to 21-3 in his professional career, and has won nine of his 10 bouts in the UFC.
But after having four fights in the last 11 months, including two since August, McGregor is content to hold both belts while he and the UFC work on contractual issues.
“I’m not in a hurry no more,” McGregor said. “Like I’ve said, I have a kid on the way. I just want to see what happens with that, see how that makes me feel, see what my mind will be like then. There’s options. There’s always many options after these events.
“I’m running it for real now. They’ve got to come talk to me. Whoever owns this has got to come to me and give me the real slice because that’s what I’ve earned. I’ve earned this. Biggest gate. Biggest everything. I don’t even know what the pay-per-views are, but I know those pay-per-views are going to be big.”
While taking a right-handed punch from Alvarez, McGregor fired off a powerful left hand that landed on the side of the defending champion’s face. McGregor followed it up with a right hand to Alvarez’s jaw, a left to the ear and another right that eventually floored his opponent.
Once Alvarez was on the mat, McGregor landed two left-handed punches, and that forced referee “Big” John McCarthy to call a stop to the bout at the 1:52 mark of the second round.
McGregor landed 40 of his 93 strikes, 32 of which were significant, according to FightMetric. Conversely, Alvarez landed only 12 strikes. Also, he was unsuccessful in his three takedown attempts.
“You want me to stick around and help service that debt and continue to push the company? Bring me on board for real, not just as this,” McGregor said while referring to his championship belts. “I need to be set for life for this. If you want me to be truly on this, then I need to be all-in on this proper, as an owner or have an equity stake in the company, so that's what I'm looking for.”