UFC featherweight and lightweight champion Conor McGregor said after UFC 205 that he did not want to fight until the May birth of his first child, and that he did not want to fight until the company gave him equity. McGregor explicitly noted that a number of celebrities were part owners, and he should be too.
On Thursday a TMZ Sports stringer saw UFC investor Mark Wahlberg leaving E Baldi in Beverly Hills and asked him about Conor’s demand.
Wahlberg initially said if McGregor wanted a piece of the UFC he had to cut a check. However, upon a moment’s reflection, he offered to give McGregor some of his.
“As a matter of fact, I’ll give him a piece of mine because he is the face of the UFC right now,” said Wahlberg. “He deserves that, but also in business you’ve got to cut the check.”
“He’s a hustler like me so there’s probably a lot of other opportunities for us to go out there and make money and work together.”
“He’s a movie waiting to happen, why not.”
However, UFC Hall of Famer Tito Ortiz was less enthusiastic when TMZ broached the subject, as The People’s Champ was signing autographs.
“S***, if they’re not giving me a piece, they’re not giving him a piece,” quipped Ortiz.
“Congratulations to Mark Wahlberg, he invested in a great company … that I helped build.”