The impact Conor McGregor has had in MMA is undeniable. Love him or hate him, the Irishman has forever changed the game and has played a key role in the spring of the new era, the ‘Money Fight’ era. Nowadays it seems like almost every fighter in the UFC is out to make money regardless their opponent and what the fight could actually mean in terms of glory and legacy.
With record PPV sales over the last 12 months McGregor has definitely become the most lucrative fighter in the business. 1.2 Million PPV sales for UFC 194 vs. Aldo, 1.6 for Diaz at UFC 196, 1.65 for the Diaz rematch at UFC 202 and 1.3 for the fight against Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205.
With those numbers now is perfectly clear why everyone, from bantamweight like Cody Garbrandt to welterweight like Tyron Woodley, is trying to create a beef with McGregor so he can pick them as his next opponent and secure them a big check. Well, now a light heavyweight wants in on the action.
(Click on the next page to meet the 205-pounder who wants to cash in on McGregor)