- Conor McGregor is continuing his campaign for shares in UFC.
- He has been rebuffed by the UFC boss, Dana White, in previous years, and he even retired from mixed martial arts last week.
- But now he has a new idea for a way to get a cut of UFC profits: fighting the actor Mark Wahlberg for his stake in the business.
- Wahlberg has yet to respond to the challenge.
Though he may have called time on his UFC career, the Irish striker is still picking fights and has now turned toward Wahlberg, who played a boxer in “The Fighter.”
The reason may well be a simple one. McGregor has long campaigned for a cut of UFC profits, as he wants to draw dividends from the company as a shareholder. He requested an equity stake in the company in 2016, again in 2017, and, more recently, in 2019.
He was rebuffed every time, something that perhaps prompted his shock retirement announcement last week, but he apparently has now thought of a new way to get UFC shares – by challenging Wahlberg for his.
Wahlberg is one of 23 celebrity UFC investors who gained a fraction of the company when it was sold to WME-IMG for $4 billion in 2016.
McGregor, who made $100 million in his 10th-round boxing-rules loss to Floyd Mayweather Jr. in 2017, wants a cut.
“I’ve decided to challenge Hollywood actress Mark Walhberg next,” McGregor tweeted over the weekend. “A fight for all the shares!”
I’ve decided to challenge Hollywood actress Mark Walhberg next.
A fight for all the shares!
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) March 31, 2019
Wahlberg, who has yet to respond to the challenge, is no stranger to the fight game. He played the popular Massachusetts brawler Micky Ward in the 2010 biopic “The Fighter,” is friends with the eight-weight world-champion boxer Manny Pacquiao, and even keeps himself in shape by training at the famous Wild Card Boxing Club in Hollywood, California.
He has also been seen ringside at combat-sports events in Las Vegas.
When one of McGregor’s followers said Wahlberg’s acting prowess as a tough guy would make him change his mind, McGregor responded by saying he’d “smack” him “and his brothers around.”
He added: “It wouldn’t be the first crew of brothers I’ve smacked around. Check the history books. The UFC history books.”
McGregor was involved in a UFC 202 prefight press-conference confrontation for which he arrived late, witnessed Nate Diaz and his brother, Nick, leave the event, and then threw a bottle of water at the Diaz entourage.
McGregor shouted “shut your f—— mout’ – you’ll do nothin'” as the Diaz brothers left the venue.
The Irishman fought Nate Diaz twice, avenging his UFC 196 loss by beating the Californian at UFC 202 in 2016.
McGregor lost in the fourth round of a UFC 229 event against Khabib Nurmagomedov in October but then had to defend himself when Nurmagomedov’s cousin Abubakar jumped the fence and exchanged blows with the 30-year-old.
McGregor was suspended for the role he played in the postfight brawls but would be free to fight beginning April 6.
The Nurmagomedov cousins are barred from fighting until June 6.