Monday 24 October 2016

'He apparently wants $10m more': American radio host gives interesting theory for McGregor's 'retirement'

Published 21/04/2016 | 10:45

Until Conor McGregor finally speaks publicly about his supposed 'retirement' there are plenty of people speculating on his motives for refusing to take part in a UFC 200 promotional event, which led to him being removed from the card.

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UFC President Dana White has claimed that the dispute revolved around McGregor's unwillingness to do media work during his training camp, with White yesterday categorically denying that the dispute was about money.

However, an alternative theory has emerged from an ESPN radio host. Dan le Batard says he has spent time with White recently, and believes that McGregor is holding out for a significant raise after seeing his value sky-rocket over the last year.

"He [McGregor] says he is retiring and he has a handful of things working in his favour to make this a contract negotiation, and I believe that's what it is," le Batard said on his radio show yesterday.

"I don't believe Conor McGregor at the height of his money making capacity is going to walk away. He wants to be paid like the highest person in the history of that sport.

"He [Dana White] is not going to be strong-armed. Dana White has a reputation for not paying these guys well enough and they don't have anywhere else to go and get paid, and Conor McGregor apparently wants $10m more than what he was offered for this fight."

If what le Batard alleges is true, it will be interesting to see whether White budges at all or if McGregor is kept off UFC cards for a significant period of time. While the UFC traditionally hasn't been beholden to any particular star, McGregor's has transcended appeal that goes beyond MMA.

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