During the same time the UFC Fox Card was happening, Conor McGregor was busy hosting an event of his own across the sea.
Saturday night in Manchester, England, a crowd of 5,000 paying fans were treated to An Experience With Conor McGregor — an hour-long sit-down interview which featured the UFC’s biggest star and MMA journalist Ariel Helwani. “The Notorious” addressed all of the burning questions surrounding his future.
There were a few bombshells from McGregor but the biggest one was on his long-rumored boxing match with Floyd Mayweather;
Mcgregor is now committed to the fight.
The super-fight that once seemed impossible is now more probable than ever. McGregor has confirmed that Mayweather is the opponent he wants to face next.
“Look, there’s are a lot of steps to get the fight done, but it’s the fight to make,” Conor said. “It’s the fight that people want. It’s the fight that I want.”
“Once we come to a set number that I’m happy with, (Mayweather’s) happy with — then we go to the customers. Then we go to the promoters, the buyers. Then we get it done. That’s next. I’ll go to Vegas … we’ll figure that situation out, and then we’ll come to the dotted line, and then we’ll go. But this is happening.”
The “situation” McGregor is talking about is a ridiculous $150,000 fine given by the Nevada Athletic Commission from his press conference incident with Diaz leading up to UFC 202. According to McGregor, he and the NAC now have a plan in place to “make it work.”
How Conor and Mayweather plan to make it work with the UFC is a whole different story. The UFC and Mayweather Promotions working together is already a huge task. But now it seems that McGregor is set on staking his claim as a third promotional body.
“Everyone’s got to know their place,” McGregor said. “There’s Mayweather Promotions, there’s the UFC and now there’s the newly formed McGregor Promotions. And we’re all in the mix.”
“Nobody’s my boss,” he continued. “I know Floyd likes to say Dana’s my boss — hell no. Nobody decides this. If (the UFC brass) let people go fight jiu-jitsu tournaments, they can’t stop me going to fight a boxing fight.”
They can, technically, but it would obviously be much wiser if they tried to come to terms. McGregor believes that could happen very quickly.
“I believe it will happen by the end of this year or early next year,” he said, before proclaiming that this would be the first ever billion-dollar fight.