All the biggest entertainers in the world may not be born talents. Some groom themselves, putting some jaw dropping dedication and toil, to become breakout superstars. Similar thing can be said of Conor McGregor, who has not only been the breakout UFC star of recent times, but he also has remained a major influence in helping UFC enter record books in ways more than one.
The Irishman, who famously said, "we are not here to take part, we are here to take over!," reiterated his thoughts post the fight between Eddie Alvarez and him in UFC 205 at Madison Square Garden last Saturday. McGregor, who became the first MMA fighter in the world to hold two UFC championships simultaneously, stated that he wants to be one of the major stakeholders of the MMA promotion.
That is a big call and it only needs to be seen now if UFC President Dana White fulfils McGregor's wishes, like he always has kind of, so far.
In case it doesn't happen, White could stand losing McGregor from the UFC. The Irishman doesn't have a problem if his UFC job comes to an end and somebody bigger and more popular is chasing the MMA fighter. The Vince McMahon-led WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment).
Triple H, the son-in-law of McMahon and one of the principal owners of the pro wrestling promotion, was in attendance at UFC 205 and he mentioned later about his liking for McGregor, the current UFC featherweight and lightweight champion.
He could come over, he's got it all, man - he's got the personality, the skills, the talk. He's an entertainer, for sure. What does he walk around at? 180lbs? I have smaller guys now in the WWE. We have 200lb guys who are stars. You don't need to be 300lbs any more."
- Triple H on Conor McGregor (as told to Telegraph UK)
The veteran pro wrestler also brought references to pro boxing legend Floyd Mayweather jr's appearance in the WWE in 2008 as a part of a feud with the Big Show, and mentioned that McGregor could do the same. "He could do just as well as Floyd Mayweather when he fought the Big Show. That really worked. Conor could do it for sure," said Triple H.
McGregor was about to make some major announcements but he may have not. He only revealed that he is going to be a dad in March or May 2017. If that was the major announcement the Irishman was talking of, that was it. If it is something else, just watch out for this page. We'll follow the developments closely.
Meanwhile, this is what McGregor wants from the UFC now...
"They've (The UFC) got to come and talk to me now. No one has come and talked to me since the sale [worth $4 billion dollar to WME-IMG] has happened.
As a businessman. I've been approached with a hello and that type of stuff, but I've earnt... who owns the company now? People have shares in the company, celebrities... Conan O'Brien owns the UFC nowadays. Where's my share? Where's my equity?
If I'm the one who is bringing this... they've got to come and talk to me now. I've got both belts, a chunk of money, a little family on the way. Do you want me to stick around and keep doing what I'm doing? Let's talk. But I want ownership now. I want an equal share. I want what I deserve and what I've earnt.
That list that Lorenzo Fertitta (the former majority owner of the UFC) compiled to show the new owners was the gospel right there. That's proof of what I bring. If you want me to stick around and help service that debt and continue to push the company, bring me onboard for real. Not just as this. I need to be set for life with this. I need to be all in on this, proper, as an owner. That's what I'm looking for."
- Conor McGregor.