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Conor McGregor confirms huge $3million bet with UFC chief: "I hope he takes it"

JOE CALLAGHAN reports from Las Vegas

Published 09/07/2015 | 14:00

Conor McGregor wants to bet $3million he will beat Mendes
Conor McGregor wants to bet $3million he will beat Mendes
Conor McGregor wants to bet $3million he will beat Mendes

CONOR McGregor has confirmed that he has proposed a huge $3.5million bet with UFC chiefs ahead of Saturday's Las Vegas showdown with Chad Mendes.

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The Dubliner revealed that he offered the organisation's president Dana White and CEO Lorenzo Fertitta the eye-watering terms via email, wagering that he would knock Mendes out by the second round of the featherweight interim title bout at a sold-out MGM Grand.

McGregor's purse for the headline fight of UFC 189, which originally was to feature a title fight with champion Jose Aldo before the Brazilian succumbed to a rib injury, has been reported to be as much as $4million. However he is apparently willing to put his neck on the line for an even bigger pay day.

"It's a business thing. We discussed numbers and three-and-a-half was a number we discussed," revealed McGregor after a public work-out at the resort on Wednesday evening. "It's a good bet. It's a damn good bet. I'd take it. I hope he takes it. We'll see. We were discussing negotiations and one of them was a little friendly wager."

White first revealed the proposal of the huge wager on US radio on Tuesday. Twenty four hours later, McGregor seemed slightly put out that the UFC supremo had made a private offer public.

"I sent them an e-mail, breaking it all down. I just heard that he spoke about it on the radio. That's how everyone else knows because I didn't tell nobody. It was behind closed doors. I don't discuss business, he does. I hope that means he is taking it."

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