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To the surprise of absolutely no one, combat sports superstar Conor McGregor now says if the UFC wants him to get back into the cage for an MMA fight, it’s going to cost them big – and it may even require some co-promotion.

Which, of course, why would McGregor – the current lightweight champ of the organization – even consider coming back without some special compensation? He just made more money than any MMA fighter ever had by boxing Floyd Mayweather, and McGregor alone holds the key to curing the UFC’s pay-per-view woes.

As per MMAJunkie:

“I was promoter on the Mayweather fight, and we’re in current negotiations,” McGregor told the crowd during a Q&A prior to the debut of his biopic “Notorious” in Dublin. “I ain’t stepping in that octagon again unless I’m part owner of the whole setup – I’m a promoter.”

“They’re trying to get me back before the end of the year to make the company money so they can re-service the debt after the big $4.2 billion sale and all this bollocks, and I’m sitting there watching them type of wars I came through, back-to-back-to-back, and watching how I got there, and I’m like, I need to take my time here. I’m in no hurry. I’m in a great position. I’m in the forever money stage now. My money is up there rattling around in the money counter machine, so I’m good.”