Conor McGregor is far and away the most prolific talker on the UFC roster. But now he claims to be the biggest drawing card, and the highest paid. And if he's not, if he gets what he wants, which is a $100-million-plus deal, he'd almost have to be.
Of course, all of that will remain conjecture, as neither his contract nor those of his counterparts is publicly available.
Backed by UFC executives like Lorenzo Fertitta and Dana White, most believe that Ronda Rousey is the UFC's current top star. She's the one the UFC turned to in order to make an attempt at the biggest audience the company has ever recorded, when she fight Holly Holm in the UFC 193 main event on Nov. 14 in Melbourne, Australia.
But if anyone could talk his way into stardom, it's McGregor, and on Monday's edition of The MMA Hour, he was firing on all cylinders when it came to his financial worth to the company and a new contract.
“I'm waiting on my next multi, nine-figure contract, which is en route. I just let everyone up there know, I let the bosses know and everybody there know what I bring and my worth. Even fights that have linked to my name are main event status. There is no other fighter in the game that has that,” he said, according to an MMAMania transcript.
“When fighters lose to a fighter, they are not a draw. But, when they lose to me they are draws. They can go to different regions and headline and make seven-figure revenues on the gate. That's what I'm doing, they're offspring numbers and nobody else would know about or really pay attention to. I pay attention to it and my name brings the numbers. If you have an association with my name, whatever the result, you will be main event slots after that because that's what my name brings. I should be compensated for these cards, as well.
“I'm still here the highest-paid. Let's compare contracts. Because the contract that I'm talking now is nine figures, nine figures I'm talking. 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,” he continued.
“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? This next one, we are estimating a gate of $10 million for the gate alone. This is going to bring in $90 to $100 million this card here. So you're damn right I'll get it.
“I came at them with fact, numbers and I didn't go round about. I looked them dead in the eye with straight facts. 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 good business, if you don't respect good business, 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.”