Conor McGregor has revealed he only a couple of fights left on his current UFC deal, but though there will be speculation he may look to go his own way after that and potentially even start his own promotion, ‘The Notorious’ appears to be showing signs of loyalty to the promotion that gave him the platform to become a global superstar.
“I have two fights left on my contract. I’d love to be with the UFC for life. I am the UFC! We shall see,” McGregor wrote to a fan on social media when asked if he was planning to start his own MMA promotion.
That may be music to the UFC’s ears given that his two fights with Dustin Poirier this year drew 1.5 million and 1.8 million pay-per-views respectively, by far the biggest hauls in what’s been a record-breaking year for the sport’s biggest promotion.
However, McGregor’s behavior at times since breaking his leg in the second of those two fights has seen an increasing number of his peers within the fight game turn against him, while he’s now staring down the barrel of three losses in his last four visits to the Octagon as he continues to plot a comeback after his injury rehab in 2022.
There’s plenty of big fights left for McGregor in the UFC however, and settling old scores with the aforementioned Dustin Poirier as well as Nate Diaz are likely to be high up his priority list for the final two bouts of his current deal.
Beyond that, McGregor’s financial demands for a new deal are likely to be astronomical, so it remains to be seen whether he will be able to come to terms with the UFC brass when the time comes.