With the wind officially out of Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 76’s sails, interim featherweight champion Conor McGregor (pictured) decided to offer up a gust of gab to spice things up.
Shortly after the UFC pulled Joseph Duffy from the show’s main event after suffering a mild concussion during last weekend’s training session at TriStar Gym in Canada, McGregor offered up his services to save the event.
The card is in McGregor’s backyard of Ireland and he already owns a first round TKO over Dustin Poirier, so why not?
“I will give peanut another crack at the King no sweat,” McGregor tweeted. “I’ll take the gate. It’s my gate anyway. A cool 7. Cash. See you at the weigh ins.”
So, a million dollars (seven-figures) is the price tag for McGregor to step into the cage at the last minute to bail the UFC out. As thoughtful as McGregor’s gesture was, he knew there’s no way the UFC would pull the trigger considering McGregor will finally (hopefully) battle featherweight champ Jose Aldo at UFC 194.
That December 12 extravaganza is expected to push UFC records for pay-per-view buys and live gate revenue.
Furthermore, UFC Fight Night 76 is merely a UFC Fight Pass stream. So it’s not a big deal that the roster’s main and co-main events dropped off within a week of showtime – unless you had your heart set on going, of course.
Oh, and just for good measure, McGregor quickly took aim at the last man to beat him for getting flash-KO’d during training.
“Must be that Canadian air,” McGregor added. “It’s fresh as fuck over here. Rock chins bred on this side.”
Duffy is Irish, like McGregor, but decided to refine his skills with the talented studs at TriStar for his bout with Poirier. Unfortunately for Duffy, things didn’t work out according to plan and “Notorious” was quick to call him on it.
Duffy, just 27 with a 14-1 professional record, submitted McGregor five years ago – long before he became CONOR MCGREGOR. However, this was a good play by McGregor to plant the seed and build up beef for a potential blockbuster rematch down the road.