UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor is set to receive a big pay day in August for his superfight with Floyd Mayweather, and it may signal the end of his mixed martial arts career.
With the World Tour kicking off earlier this week, UFC president Dana White addressed the future of the biggest star in his company and admitted that McGregor may never return to the cage after receiving such a huge payday.
McGregor and his team have said he plans on returning to the Octagon, but White doesn’t seem convinced.
“I had a bunch of guys who worked for us in the UFC and made a bunch of money and they’re gone now. You know? You just don’t know, if he’s going to come in and make this kind of money, he might never fight again,” White said, via MMAFighting.com.
“That’s part of the deal, you know? This kid has done a lot for the sport, a lot for the company and this is the fight that he wanted, so we’re going to give it to him. And if this is the end of his career, then it is what it is.“
Hopefully McGregor will ultimately make his UFC comeback, but if he doesn’t, it’d be hard to criticize him.
McGregor enjoyed a meteoric rise to the top of the sport, set every record you can imagine and now has a newborn son. Life is pretty great for McGregor, and the Mayweather payday is going to make things even sweeter.
Photo Credit: Instagram/Conor McGregor