I reckon it was a publicity stunt gone wrong. Yes, they have a legitimate feud with Khabib's team because of previous altercations and the Lobov stuff earlier in the week, but I doubt he intended to actually injure the people in the bus. If they had this skirmish and no one was injured, it would have been a slap on the wrist and great promotional material for McGregor vs Khabib, which seemed inevitable before yesterday.
He's an absolute moron though, the power has gone to his head since the Mayweather fight. Chiesa and Borg fights off the card and several assault charges coming his way. It will be interesting to see how Dana White handles this. With any other fighter, they would be cut from the promotion and suspended for at least a year from competition. However, if he cuts McGregor he will lose potentially 100s of millions for the UFC and either a rival promotion (Bellator) or boxing will take his contract up when he serves his suspension. If he doesn't cut him, he will look like he's giving him the ultimate favourable treatment, which is already a criticism lobbied at White.
The only reason to fight for Bellator is the money, a bunch of UFC fighters have moved across because they get paid more per fight and they also get to advertise their own sponsors on their attire instead of Reebok and Monster energy drink. Conor doesn't need a promotion anyway, he will bring the viewers with his celebrity. 2 million would buy a PPV to see Conor fight a lamp post.Would any fighter (especially Conor) consider leaving UFC for Bellator though? Is the money in any way comparable? Genuine question. I've wondered for ages why Michael Page doesn't move to UFC.
If PPV buy rate numbers are any indication, people are drawn more by individual star power than by the top-to-bottom quality of a card.I understand that it's Conor McGregor that the vast majority of the buys are for on a night he is fighting, but doesn't the UFC "package" contributes to the numbers also?
McGregor would turn a 300,000 buys PPV into a 2/3 million PPV buys now easily after the Mayweather fight. He was a big reason the company was sold for as much as it was. They need to make money off the casual fans of the sport, only the hardcore genuinely care about the undercard. The UFC is a far superior level of fighting to Bellator, but Bellator still pays fighters good money and more importantly, allows them to promote their own sponsors. Dana is wary of them poaching talent. If a McGregor ever did make the move (he can do what he wants), the UFC would lose even more talent. Dana won't fire him, because it will really hurt them financially.Don't get me wrong, I understand that its Connor McGregor that the vast majority of the buys are for on a night he is fighting but doesn't the UFC "package" contributes to the numbers also...? I would guess a UFC undercard is far superior to a Bellator undercard....?
A fighter's pay will be roughly proportional to how well they draw on PPV, and Conor is basically in a league of his own in that respect.
Any PPV Conor competes on is likely to draw at least 1.5m buys. Price the PPV at $50 and that's $75m of revenue from PPV sales alone. Then add corporate sponsorship, gate receipts on the night, etc.
None of it would be possible without Conor; ergo, the promotion will pay him a small fortune to secure his appearance. He will make millions regardless of what promotion he's on.
The only reason to fight for Bellator is the money, a bunch of UFC fighters have moved across because they get paid more per fight and they also get to advertise their own sponsors on their attire instead of Reebok and Monster energy drink. Conor doesn't need a promotion anyway, he will bring the viewers with his celebrity. 2 million would buy a PPV to see Conor fight a lamp post.
If Conor decided to fight for Bellator for the additional promotion and to spite the UFC, he could earn a competitor a shit tonne of money. It's something Dana White can't really afford to risk, he is their biggest sell and they need to make a lot of money after the $4 billion takeover last year.
If he happened to be cut, I think it's more likely he would just stick to boxing to be honest. There is far more money in it and it's less taxing on the body. He could make 10s of millions fighting retired boxers instead of MMA prospects that might choke him out.
All makes sense. Thanks.
Following both your points, why wouldn’t Connor engineer a move to Bellator? They would presumably offer silly money in order to get their name up there with UFC and Conor would stand to double/treble his intake on the night if allowed to use his own sponsors...?
Is there a prestige to fighting in the UFC? What allows them to basically “rob” the fighters (low purses, limited sponsorship potential etc).... Why isn’t everyone going across to Bellator given what you;ve both said above?
P.S. It’s a pity this isn’t happening in Russia. I wanted a mad MMA version of Rocky 4.