Conor McGregor vows to return for co-main event in exchange for UFC shares

CONOR McGREGOR insists he is happy to fight in a co-main event slot – as long as the UFC give him “the rightful shares”.

McGregor’s six month suspension he received for his part in the UFC 229 post-fight brawl with Khabib Nurmagomedov expires in April.

The 30-year-old Irishman looked set to make his octagon return against UFC veteran Donald Cerrone between April and July.

Though “Cowboy” later revealed talks had stalled after McGregor found out the fight would not be the main-event on the night.

Speaking in Chicago during McGregor’s family holiday in America, The Notorious revealed he will fight in the co-main event “no problem” as long as the UFC gives him shares in the company.

Give me my rightful shares in the UFC company. That’s all I ask

McGregor said: “I’m ready to fight, I’ve said that. No problem.

“If the UFC wants me to slide into that co-main event slot and help, what that is, if I slide into the co-main event it’s boosting their brand over fighter rhetoric that they have.

"There’s no problem with that. If they want me to push that and I have no problem pushing that, give me my rightful shares in the UFC company. That’s all I ask.

"You can put me on the first fight of ESPN+ but just give me my shares. So, we’ll see what happens.”

PREVIOUS DESIRE TO HAVE UFC SHARES

McGregor has expressed long time interests in becoming business partners with the UFC – but despite being the sports biggest star, there has yet to be a direct link up in MMA.

In 2017 the Irishman launched “McGregor Sports and Entertainment Ltd” and partnered the UFC in his boxing cameo against Floyd Mayweather, which he lost in the August.

McGregor has not fought since his October fourth round submission defeat to Nurmagomedov – however, he recently revealed he is “in negotiations” over his return.

While in Miami last Monday, the UFC star was arrested after allegedly smashing the phone out of a British fan’s hand.

He has since been released posting his £9,450 bond, and posted a picture on his Instagram, in the ballpit of a play area with his son Conor Jr, with the caption: “Started the week in the wrong pen. Ended it in the right one.”



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