It remains to be seen when and who Conor McGregor will fight next, but based off what Tyron Woodley’s heard, it won’t be on a card with other pay-per-view earners.
Since McGregor’s stoppage loss to undefeated boxing star, Floyd Mayweather in August, everyone and their dog has been debating and discussing who he’ll fight next. Names like Tony Ferguson, Nate Diaz, Georges St-Pierre and even Woodley have been mentioned, but it’s not clear yet what fight will materialize.
Well, McGregor has said that negotiations are ongoing, in terms of finalizing his next bout. The lightweight champ has also reported that he’s not returning to the Octagon, unless he’s made a partner / promoter with the UFC.
More recently, Woodley had this to say, while talking to MMA Junkie:
“From what I hear, if he’s on the card, he doesn’t want any pay-per-view grossing fighters on the card with him,” Woodley said. “Because he doesn’t want to feed us any more, which I can respect. The dude is the draw. You can hate all you want, but he’s the draw. He’s that dude right now.”
“The people that are going to watch me are going to watch Conor,” Woodley added. “There are people that watch Conor that might not watch me. So I can see where he’s coming from, in basically feeding us to get pay-per-view. I really don’t have an issue with that.”
Now, this might raise some eyebrows throughout the sport, but it shouldn’t really come as too big of surprise. McGregor is the biggest draw in the game right now, so with that, comes a ton of bargaining power. So, the fact he and his team want to make sure he collects most of the pay-per-view dividends, which as Woodley noted, are largely generated by the Irish star, isn’t shocking.
But, if this is accurate, then looks like we won’t see McGregor fighting on all-star stacked cards moving forward. So, the co-main events on cards he’s booked for, won’t apparently feature fighters who are contractually set to make PPV cash. Or, the UFC would have to fork out more guaranteed money to recruit those fighters for those cards.