With seven fights over two years, Conor McGregor is the most active superstar on the UFC roster. But following his historic win over Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205, McGregor sounded like he was ready to take some time off to enjoy the birth of his first child … unless the UFC made him an offer he couldn’t refuse and cut him in on ownership of the company.
“I’ve got both belts, a chunk of money, a little family on the way,” McGregor said at the post fight press conference. “You want me to stick around, you want me to keep doing what I’m doing, let’s talk. But I want the ownership now. I want equal share. I want what I earned.”
For those of you hoping a deal would be made fast that would keep the brash Irishman active, we’ve got bad news for you. In an interview with the LA Times, UFC president Dana White confirmed that Conor’s taking a break while his longtime girlfriend Dee Devlin is pregnant.
“He won’t fight before May,” White confirmed. “His girl gets super stressed out when he fights. He doesn’t want her having any of that stress while she’s pregnant. He’s good. He should take time off. He’s been fighting nonstop. Nothing wrong with him taking time off. It’s good for him and her and it’s good for the baby.”
So with Conor out til the birth of his child in May and Jon Jones suspended until July, it looks like the UFC will have to rely on Ronda Rousey carrying the superfight torch for them until next summer. Considering she seems completely over all the hoopla surrounding her matches, that may not work out too well for the promotion.