Conor McGregor’s on his way back to the U.S. for final preparations into UFC 194, and the Interim UFC Featherweight Champion is boasting once again about his draw for the organization.
In a post to Instagram, McGregor recounted the business done for UFC 189 in July, and gave his version of what the UFC will bring in at UFC 194 to illustrate his point.
“Leaving Ireland today for the West Coast,” he wrote. “To unify my belt and spearhead the unprecedented $90-100v million dollar UFC 194 event. This event along with UFC 189 putting me at close to $200 million dollars in revenue generated for this company. All in less than 6months.
“I am not a company man. I am the company.”
McGregor will finally square off with Jose Aldo on Dec. 12, only on pay-per-view.
Penick’s Analysis: Though Ronda Rousey’s still likely to be the bigger star even despite the loss, it’s clear McGregor has caught on with fans enough to generate significant revenue this year. If he beats Jose Aldo, he could skyrocket even further into whatever comes next. He’s been a great foil for Aldo regardless, and whether he pulls off the win or not, he deserves credit for being the right man at the right time to draw some significant money at featherweight. Even if it winds up being short term, he did that. If he pulls off the win, it’s something he could continue to build upon for a significant amount of time.