Former heavyweight UFC fighter Shane Carwin believes that Conor McGregor and Ronda Rousey have “puppets strings.”
Carwin doesn’t mean to insult McGregor and Rousey. In fact, he’s standing up for them. Carwin just doesn’t think that fighters have power in their negotiations.
Carwin says UFC has all the leverage.
“Nope, I look at them and see the puppet strings,” Carwin told getmoresports in a recent interview. “I want to make sure my team can stand without the strings. It is a great thing to have Zuffa’s PR team pushing you. You have to leverage that and capture it. Not squeezing Zuffa at every turn, but using their hype and your hype to get as many deals as you can. Retaining the spotlight, extending your time in it and having some control over the narrative and timeline.”
Carwin is currently starting his own management company to change the power relations between the promotional companies and fighters.
McGregor has been outspoken about his dislike of UFC and the way the company uses him to promote. He says it is far too much. He’s physically exhausted from all the work he does outside the cage. It’s taking away from his in-ring work.
Nate Diaz, who is expected to fight McGregor in the near future, won’t fight until he gets a bigger cut.
I said ‘(the first Diaz-McGregor bout at UFC 196) was one of the biggest fights you’ve ever had, on 10 days’ notice, and he’s the biggest draw you’ve ever had and I just beat your biggest draw. So if you don’t mind, I’d like to be compensated better than I was the last time’ or what they were trying to offer me,” Diaz said.
UFC big boss Dana White reportedly stormed out of the meeting after Diaz asked for more money.