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Chael Sonnen: The UFC machine can’t stop every time Conor McGregor wants to talk about his return to fighting

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This guy gets it.

When will Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweight champion Conor McGregor return to mixed martial arts (MMA)?

That may depend on how quickly UFC owner Ari Emanuel and promotion president Dana White can get their butts over to the “Notorious” compound in Dublin, Ireland.

As requested.

But former UFC headliner-turned-Bellator MMA attraction Chael Sonnen has a different take, insisting that McGregor — as big as he’s become in the world of pay-per-view (PPV) buys — needs to push as much as he pulls.

From his official podcast (transcribed by Bloody Elbow):

“Man, pick up a phone and send a text message. At some point, there’s only 24-hours in a day, no matter who you are. Dana and Ari Emanuel are in Russia right now, meeting with leaders of the Kremlin. They are running business and moving this thing forward. Is everything supposed to stop so they can talk to a fighter? At some point, you sit there and hash out a contract, but when a contract is done, that’s it! It has got an expiration date, typically 15-18 months. We don’t need to talk again!. I can’t be sitting around just talking to my talent who I have locked up in my contract. People say they ‘well I want to talk’, or ‘I want a piece’, well you’ve got a contract! That’s the game. Be on top! Have leverage when that contract is up. I end up sounding like I’m corporate, and I’m against the boys. But there is a push and a pull here. There is a time and a place. Every time you gain a little momentum, you don’t get to just go in and redo a contract that you signed and gave your word.”

He does anyway.

McGregor captured the lightweight crown in the UFC 205 main event, only to walk away from the fight game to attend to family matters. “Notorious” teased a comeback ahead of earlier projections, but now wants the front office to come to him.

Which of course caused other fighters (like this longtime veteran) to follow suit.

How far UFC is willing to go to satiate its biggest star remains to be seen, and could be directly influenced by whether or not his place atop the box office throne is usurped by this returning dynamo.

We’ll find out soon enough.

Source:: mma mania