Conor McGregor isn’t backing down from his new desire to hold multiple belts in multiple weight classes at the same time. And because Conor’s gotta do it like Conor, he’s talking about more than just two belts … he’s talking about three or more.
“Look at everyone down there [in the gym]; 180 to 200, easy, everyone. Everyone I’m sparring is well over welterweight. I’ve got middleweights coming in fresh trying to wear me down. You know what I mean?” he told SevereMMA in response to rumors that he’ll take on welterweight (170-pound) champ Robbie Lawler at UFC 200 if he defeats lightweight (155-pound) champ Rafael dos Anjos on March 5. So, why not go up? “They get slower and less free up there, I feel. Stiffer. Even more stuck than the lightweight division. I’ll keep going, keep eating, keep training. Keep going until all the belts are wrapped up.”
“I’m here to fight, I’m here to win every belt and then I’m gone, and then I’ll see the game later, I’ll walk away from this game, I’ll set it ablaze and walk away. And that’s it.”
McGregor joked about going all the way up to heavyweight and looking like Roy Nelson before bringing things back down to earth and settling on middleweight as a possible top for his ambitions. He also said he’s aiming to earn “the lion’s share” of the money being made by the UFC from his fights.
“I have a great relationship with Lorenzo and a great relationship with Dana,” he prefaced. “Don’t get me wrong, I’m climbing that corporate ladder every day and we will be neck and neck. Maybe somewhere along the line, I will take that lion’s share. But we will always be together. Loyalty is what I have. They gave me this. They are helping me with this and I am helping them. We are a team.”
That will be an impressive feat, indeed, considering top UFC fighters in the past have never managed to make much more than $3 per $60 pay-per-view. If McGregor really wants to get things to the point where he’s taking the majority of the money, he may no longer have such a great relationship with UFC owners. But there’s one thing we’ve learned from Conor McGregor, and that’s to never doubt what the man can accomplish.