Retired heavyweight fighter Brendan Schaub has been a longtime supporter of UFC Lightweight Champion, which was evident during the lead up to The Money Fight.
Now the former MMA fighter is making another claim and that is that the UFC Lightweight Champion is currently steering the UFC ship.
“Conor has changed the game for the better, especially if you’re the fighter,” said Schaub on The Joe Rogan Experience. “With WME, he’s steering the ship. Think about it, he made over - the numbers have come out and they’re saying it’s gonna be the biggest pay-per-view of all time - so he made $100 million, right? So you’re telling me if you’re Conor and you’re part of his team you’re gonna go, ‘Hey, fight Nate Diaz for $5-10 million and also, we need you to wear this Reebok and they’re gonna pay you $100,000 a year.’ You think Conor’s gonna (do that)? You’re crazy. You’re talking about the biggest athlete in combat sports. You’re not getting him for the $200,000 you were paying him a year. He can go, ‘I’m down to wear Reebok but it’s a different animal now.’”
McGregor came up short in The Money Fight, suffering a tenth round TKO loss to Floyd Mayweather.
Schaub even claims that if McGregor and rival Paulie Malignaggi were to fight, then the Irish fighter should host the fight in Ireland under the McGregor Promotions banner.
“If I’m Conor and I have McGregor Promotions, I’m just going to go to Dublin and me and Paulie are gonna sell this 70,000 stadium out and I’m just gonna take all of it,” says Schaub.
The next move for McGregor is unknown at this time, although he is expected to make his UFC return down the line.