Let the public negotiation period begin.
UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor hasn’t said much about his future plans since losing his boxing megafight against Floyd Mayweather Jr. in August, but now that he’s had a couple months away from the limelight, McGregor is making clear what it will take to bring him back to the UFC’s Octagon.
Speaking to reporters outside the premiere of his documentary “Notorious” on Wednesday night in Dublin, a day after saying that he believed a title unification bout against Tony Ferguson was next, McGregor reiterated that he’s keeping his options open on whether his next fight will be in a mixed martial arts cage or a boxing ring.
“We’ll see,” McGregor said. “We’re in the process of negotiations, there’s a couple of opponents across different sports now in play, there’s the boxing game also.”
McGregor has stated several times over the past couple years he ultimately wants an ownership stake in the UFC. His McGregor Promotions company was listed as one of the promotional partners in the Mayweather fight.
Now, the champ says that coming off his blockbuster payday from the Mayweather bout, he’s not going back to being just another fighter on the roster.
“We’re in the contract negotiation stage,” McGregor said. “It’s got to, they’ve got to entice me now because, I came from a billion-dollar fight. I want equity, I want pay-per-view. I want to be a true partner. You have to entice me now. I want to be a partner. I want to be a promoter and I want to be a fighter for me to continue.”
You can see McGregor’s interview below, courtesy SevereMMA.com.