Conor McGregor has dismissed reports that he’s set to quit UFC as “horseshit”.
A Bleacher Report story last year claimed that the featherweight champion was planning to go it alone and leave UFC to set up MMA stable Conor McGregor Inc so that he could earn a bigger share of promotions money.
McGregor could have been more strenuous in denying the story in a new interview.
“That’s all horseshit, that is,” McGregor told Severe MMA. Dismissing claims that he’d fallen out with UFC bosses Dana White and Lorenzo Fertitta, the Irish fighter added: “I have a great relationship with Lorenzo and a great relationship with Dana.
“Don’t get me wrong, I’m climbing that corporate ladder every damn day and we will be neck and neck.”
However, McGregor did concede that he might want to get an increased share of fight money. The 27-year-old said: “Maybe somewhere along the line I will take that lion’s share. But we will always be together. Loyalty is what I have.
“I’ll walk away from the game. I’ll set it ablaze and walk away”
“They gave me this, they are helping me with this and I am helping them. We are a team, and I have so much respect for Dana, much respect for Lorenzo, much respect to everyone involved in the UFC.
“I’m not trying to break out, I’m just trying to grow, and get my share of the fucking pie. That’s it and they know that.”
McGregor also all but confirmed rumours that he plans to move up to 170lbs to fight at welterweight if he is victorious at UFC 196. Currently the featherweight champion, McGregor fights Rafael dos Anjos for the lightweight title at UFC 196 on March 5.
McGregor’s coach John Kavanagh spoke recently about his belief that his fighter could handle the step up. It could see him hold three different belts at once if he is victorious
“I’m coming for that belt, I’m coming for the next belt, I’m coming for the whole company.” McGregor boasted.
“Why not go up? They get slower, and they get less free up there, they are stiffer, they are even more stuck than the lightweight division. So I’ll keep going, keep eating, keep training and keep going until all the belts are wrapped up.
“I’m here to fight, I’m here to win every belt and then I’m gone and then I’ll see the game later, I’ll walk away from this game, I’ll set it ablaze and walk away. And that’s it.”
Loaded sports writer Pearse Corcoran has covered news, sport and entertainment for several national newspapers and radio stations in Ireland. Follow him on Twitter at @PearseCorcoran