Saturday, October 10, 2015

UFC interim featherweight champion Conor McGregor recently appeared on episode 300 of Ariel Helwani's The MMA Hour, and made a stunning claim. He said he is negotiating with the UFC for a nine figure contract.

Four figures and you are an actual thousandaire. Five figures and you are in UFC debut territory. Six figures is the contract you get for winning TUF. Seven figures is a million dollars. Eight figures is Anderson Silva money.

Nine figures is unprecedented.

“Let’s compare contracts because the contract that I’m talking is nine figures,” said McGregor as transcribed by Australia's Sportal.

“Nobody in the game has talked nine figures. That’s $100 million plus.

“That’s my contract, so that’s where I’m at and I’ve done it the way I’ve done it. Either learn from it or don’t.

“When you’re bringing in $60 million revenue on a fight where the main event guy has pulled out two weeks before, you think anyone else can do that?” he said

While McGregor is still a way off Mayweather’s latest pay-packet, he’s certainly heading in the right direction.

However, he may have himself and his strong negotiating skills to thank for the pay rise.

“I came at them with fact, I came at them with numbers and I didn’t go around about. I looked them dead in the eye…

“When someone comes at you with clear facts, there’s only one thing you can do and that’s respect it.

“You got to respect a good business, if you don’t… then that’s on you. I am very confident we will come to a deal and it will be in the nine-figure mark, and rightfully so.”