As the dust begins to settle on the Conor McGregor Vs UFC debacle, some critics are suggesting that ‘The Notorious’ Irishman may have bit off more than he can chew when he attempted to get into a public power struggle with the company.
Fresh off headlining one of the biggest PPV’s in UFC history, McGregor briefly threatened to retire after the UFC denied his demands to reduce his promotional schedule leading up to the UFC 200 event in July. However, the UFC called his bluff and simply removed him from the card altogether and installing Daniel Cormier Vs Jon Jones as the main event instead.
Speaking on his ‘The Herd’ show earlier this week, FOX Sports 1’s Colin Cowherd branded McGregor ‘dumb’ for the way he handled the situation, and claimed the featherweight champion had made a critical error going up against the UFC brass.
“Here’s a rule for a 27-year-old millionaire. Don’t take on a 50-year-old billionaire,” Cowherd stated. “UFC fans think this is Conor against Dana White. No, no no, no. It’s not. It’s Conor taking on the Fertitta family – the single most powerful family in Nevada.”
“Millionaires don’t get into whizzing matches against billionaires. You’ll lose every single time.”
Cowherd’s sentiments echo those of former UFC star Chael Sonnen who had also stated recently that McGregor had made an error of judgement.
“He called the bluff of the wrong guys,” Sonnen stated during a Facebook Live chat. “These are gamblers man, there are rules in Vegas…Anytime you go into a negotiation and you call someone’s bluff, man you had better mean it because this is what can happen.”