Does McGregor's Encore residency hold clues to his fighting future?

Posted at 1:43 PM, Aug 03, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-03 17:37:07-04

Fans of Conor McGregor know that he's all about making money, his upcoming fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr. is a prime example of that. So, it comes as no surprise that McGregor jumped at the opportunity to sign a residency with Wynn Nightlife.

McGregor will host four post-fight parties at XS Nightclub and Encore Beach Club at Night through 2019.
"The Notorious" kicks off his residency at Encore Beach Club at Night on Aug. 26 after he squares off in the boxing match against Floyd Mayweather.

The announcement has been reported by many media outlets but few have taken the time to really decode some of the words surrounding the announcement. Let's take it one point at a time.

1. McGregor will host four POST-FIGHT parties

If we focus on the phrase "post-fight" it signals McGregor's return to a ring/octagon after August's Mayweather bout. Some speculated that McGregor would walk away from combat sports after landing such a massive fight purse, although Dana White has been adamant that McGregor would continue to fight well after this boxing match.

Others also said that such a large purse would make it hard for the UFC to come to terms with their lightweight champion moving forward. There's little doubt that his asking price will jump astronomically but it's unwise to assume he will command anywhere close to the reported $100 million pay day he'll receive after the Mayweather fight.

McGregor signing this deal shows that he's committed to fighting again and possibly as many as four times.

2. Will host four post-fight parties at XS Nightclub and Encore Beach Club at Night (in LAS VEGAS)

There's also the mention of Conor McGregor being in Las Vegas immediately after his next four fights. This detail is actually expected. McGregor has made it a habit to fight in Las Vegas, aside from his appearance on the inaugural Madison Square Garden card last November.

This residency all but guarantees McGregor makes the fight capital of the world his new home away from home.

3. McGregor will host FOUR post-fight

Last but not least, is the mention of four fights between now and the end of 2019. That means the 29-year-old Conor McGregor plans to fight three times in the next year and a half.

One could expect him to return to the UFC in time for their New Years Eve 2018 pay-per-view card and again next July for the annual International Fight Week card.

With McGregor, every business move is more than meets the eye and his Wynn Nightlife residency is no different.