Conor McGregor being yanked from the UFC 200 fight card appears to have promoters around the world thinking that McGregor’s relationship with the UFC is irreparable.
Despite remaining under contract as the UFC featherweight champion, offers are being thrown McGregor’s direction from Russia and Poland.
According to tweets by Bloody Elbow reporter Karim Zidan, the Russian promotion Fight Nights, which is backed by Dagestani billionaire Ziyavudin Magomedov, offered McGregor $2 million dollars to fight Rasul Mirzaev on the Fedor vs. Maldonado fight card in June.
For those asking how Fight Nights can afford $2mil purse for McGregor,their main investor wanted to purchase the UFC https://t.co/Mv0qWS07WE — Karim Zidan (@ZidanSports) April 27, 2016
Not wanting to sit on the sidelines if McGregor were to defect, the Polish promotion KSW threw its hat in the ring as well, offering McGregor $3 million to fight for its featherweight championship.
Hey @TheNotoriousMMA we’d like to up the stakes. We offer you 3 mln $ to face KSW current FW champ. How ’bout that? — Maciej Kawulski (@MaciejKawulski) April 28, 2016
All of the offers being thrown McGregor’s way are likely as much blather to get attention as anything. Despite the current rift between McGregor and the UFC, the Irishman, after pay-per-view points and other fight related income, is reportedly making close to $10 million per fight with the MMA juggernaut.
He may be unhappy with the promotional duties levied by the UFC brass, but if he intends to continue fighting, it’s unlikely that McGregor is going to forego such paydays only to end up in a messy legal entanglement over his UFC contract to fight elsewhere.
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