Things have died down a bit in the online UFC betting community. Since the March Madness season is picking up speed, most sportsbook players are currently turning their attention towards the NCAA. And rightfully so, not much has been happening in the other major sports leagues, and even in the UFC things have quieted down a bit. But even though March Madness maybe currently stealing the hype from the UFC, we’ve reached a point where those who bet on MMA can let out a sigh of relief as it seems we are destined to witness the fated match between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor.
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The biggest inkling that we’ve received so far has to do with the sudden change of heart that Dana White recently displayed in his late-night appearance on Conan. In the past, when reporters nagged the UFC’s president on whether or not McGregor would step into the ring with Mayweather, White would adamantly express his doubts that the fight would never come into fruition. However, White’s recent comments reveal an entirely different narrative.
“I do,” White responded when Conan asked if he thought the fight would happen. “I do think it’s gonna happen… It’s gonna be a tough deal there’s a lot of egos involved in this deal and a lot of people.”
As most online UFC betting fans would guess, White is included in that talk about egos and people. In fact, Bob Arum, a Top Rank promoter and former representative for Mayweather, shed some light into what parties are holding up the fight we all want to see.
“I think the only impediment there is the UFC, because the UFC doesn’t treat fighters the same way that boxing promoters do,” Arum told Tim Burke of the Bloody Elbow. “In other words, UFC fighters get so much less than boxers do. They proposed a deal to Connor that on his share of the purse, they take 50 percent.”
“Now give me a break.”
Arum’s reaction should be synonymous with the feeling most fans feel when reading over that abysmal proposal. It’s unimaginable for the UFC to propose taking half of McGregor’s money, and on what grounds?
That they’re the promotional company responsible for the Irishman’s success? That is an asinine argument from top to bottom; the UFC has hundreds if not thousands of fighters in their arsenal and none can compare to the stardom and PPV buys McGregor has.
“On the flipside, there’s so much money involved I just don’t see how it doesn’t happen.”
Those where White’s closing comments on Conan, reflecting that the profit on this proposed fight is too lucrative to pass up on. There’s no doubt that the UFC will be trying to milk this scenario as best as they can, but it’s hard to imagine someone as stubborn as Conor allowing them to take an excess amount of money from his own pocket simply because his name is on an MMA contract with the UFC.