- John McCarthy doubts the UFC will prolong Conor McGregor’s stay as he thinks “The Notorious” is no longer the most valuable asset of the company
- “Big John” doesn’t think the UFC is interested in making McGregor an investor
Conor McGregor recently revealed he only has two fights remaining in his current deal with the UFC. Nevertheless, “The Notorious” insists that he hopes to continue fighting under the promotion’s banner for the rest of his illustrious career. However, former UFC referee John McCarthy thinks there’s a possibility that it wouldn’t happen because McGregor is already dwindling.
Speaking on his Weighing In podcast, McCarthy pointed out that over the years, one thing he had seen constant in the UFC is the fact that everybody is replaceable. And with McGregor starting to lose fights, “Big John” thinks his time as the company’s biggest draw is coming to an end.
“Everything’s about value brother you know that and how much value do you bring in the end. Because that moment of time is gone. Let’s be honest it’s gone,” McCarthy began.
“…There will be someone that takes the place of every person, everybody is replaceable. I don’t care who you are, the moment you think you’re irreplaceable is the moment you just made a mistake. Everybody is replaceable. Now the person that replaces you might not be quite as good but they’re gonna be good and they’re gonna be able to replace you,” he continued.
Maybe Conor’s trying to invest
When McCarthy’s podcast co-host Josh Thomson barged in and suggested that McGregor might be working his way into becoming a future partner of the UFC, “Big John” quickly dismissed the idea, stressing the UFC doesn’t need the former UFC two-division champion’s money.
“You think that the IMG needs his money? Oh! [No],” McCarthy said.
Prior to this, McGregor said he plans to stay active and even fight 100 more times in the UFC.
McGregor has not won a UFC fight since 2020 when he TKO’d Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone at UFC 246. Since then, “The Notorious” has gone winless in his back-to-back fights with Dustin Poirier which was capped off by a gruesome leg injury he suffered in their trilogy bout.
In the season finale of The Ultimate Fighter Season 31, McGregor will finally make his return when he faces Michael Chandler. He hopes that he could shoot his shot at the welterweight title next.