UFC bosses are cashing in on Conor McGregor’s Octagon return with a range of comeback merchandise.
The Notorious will end a more than two-year hiatus in October when he takes on Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 229.
Ahead of the grudge showdown, the company is flogging McGregor-branded gear on its official store marking the return of its biggest superstar.
The main item is a black t-shirt which states, “The king is back!”
Other pieces include Notorious hoodies and a women’s t-shirt with the slogan, “If you see the tiger, it’s too late, you’re food”.
Leftover shirts from McGregor’s money-spinning boxing debut against Floyd Mayweather are also being sold at a discount.
But ahead of the comeback, boss Dana White has admitted he didn’t give McGregor an ownership stake to return to the UFC.
Conor had previously demanded “equity” and “ownership” from the company, but White insists this wasn’t the case.
He laughed: “He’s not a part owner. He might as well be though.
“He’s making so much f****** money. He’s making so much f****** money he might as well be a part owner.”
According to White, the deal to get McGregor into the cage with Nurmagomedov wasn’t all that difficult despite expectations that both fighters might have exorbitant demands.
Asked how hard it was to seal the deal for McGregor v Nurmagomedov, he replied: “Not at all.
“If you look at when Conor’s deal got done in New York and when we announced the fight. Everybody wants to fight.”Conor McGregor takes over New York City in Back to the Future car
Following Conor’s defeat by Mayweather in 2017, he warned UFC bosses they would need to “entice” him back to the sport.
He explained: “They’ve (UFC) got to entice me now because I came from a billion-dollar fight.
“You’ve got to entice me with some equity. I want ownership. I want to be true partners in this similar to the way I was in the Floyd fight.
“I was a promoter and I was a fighter. That must continue for me to continue.
“Otherwise, I’ve got many entities and many interests that can carry on also. I’m already set. They must entice me.”
Previously, after UFC 205, McGregor asked: “Where’s my share? Where’s my equity?
“If I’m the one that’s bringing this, they’ve got to come talk to me now.
“I’ve got both belts (featherweight and lightweight), family on the way.
“If you want me to stick around – if you want me to keep doing (this), let’s talk.
“But I want the ownership now. I want the equal share. I want what I deserve, what I’ve earned.”
Meanwhile, tout sites are flogging tickets to McGregor’s comeback fight – almost a week before they go on sale.UFC legend Conor McGregor will fight Khabib Nurmagomedov
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Resale site Viagogo are already selling Conor/Khabib tickets at massively inflated prices even before they’re released.
A single ground level seat with unrestricted views of the fight went for €2,685, while a ticket in row Z went at €1,398.
A seat in row E will set you back €3,200 while general floor tickets are on sale for €2,680.
Source : https://www.thesun.ie/sport/mma/2963110/ufc-conor-mcgregor-return-fight-merchandise/Thanks you for read my article UFC Bosses Cash In On Conor McGregor’s Long Awaited Return With Range Of Comeback Merchandise Including Hoodies And T Shirts On Sale