Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) featherweight and lightweight champion Conor McGregor has demanded part ownership and a stake in the company following his historic win over Eddie Alvarez at the UFC 205 event held at Madison Square Garden on 12 November.
The Irishman confirmed the long-standing rumour that he is going to become a father, with his long-term girlfriend Dee Devlin expected to give birth early next year. The fighter is going to take time-off to spend time with his family. However, he confirmed that his return to the Octagon depends on how talks with the new owners WME/IMG go on.
"They've got to come talk to me now. You want me to stick around? Do you want me to keep doing what I been doing? I want the ownership now. I want the equal show. I want what I deserve, what I've earned. There's a little announcement for you", as quoted by MMAWeekly.
"I can keep going all day, but I'm aware of my worth and now I've got a family. Now I've got a kid on the way. I'm coming for mine now, if you want me back."
The 28-year-old is arguably the biggest fighter in the world of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) at present, with his ability to draw big crowds due to his skills and personality a big plus for the company. The Irishman has broken pay-per-view records and is one of the reasons why UFC is so popular around the world and he knows it.
"When I'm looking at what they taking in, that list that Lorenzo and that team compiled to show the new owners. That's the gospel, that's proof of what I bring. You want me around and help service that debt and continue to push the company, bring me on board. I need to be set for life with this. I need to be all-in on this, proper as owner, an equity stake in the company. That's what I'm looking for", the UFC superstar added.
Notorious' win over Alvarez ensured that he became the first fighter in UFC history to hold two different weight division title belts at the same time.