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.
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.
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.
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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