BKFC’s Dave Feldman Praises McGregor’s ‘Phenomenal Business Acumen’

David Feldman praised Conor McGregor as the two will work together following the Irishman’s decision to buy a stake in BKFC. 

McGregor bought a stake, making him an owner alongside the majority shareholder, Triller. McGregor confirmed the news during the BKFC KnuckleMania 4 card on April 27. McGregor has always been interested in BKFC, having faced off against Mike Perry at BKFC 41 in 2023. His beverages, Proper Twelve and Forged Irish Stout, have also previously sponsored the events.

McGregor’s influence has grown outside of the UFC. Since his loss and injury against Dustin Poirier in 2021 at UFC 264, there were worries the fighter would never return. His return for UFC 303 was confirmed on June 29 against Michael Chandler. The UFC has already said the live gate is over $20 million, with over a month still left to go before the fight. That UFC record shows McGregor’s brand is as big as ever. Feldman was hoping McGregor’s influence would rub off on BKFC. 

“There’s a lot of people throwing money in the combat sports landscape right now, (but) the money isn’t the hardest thing to come by. It’s getting the right partnership. We didn’t want just a money partnership with Conor McGregor because that doesn’t make sense. We want input, we want his persona, we want him to blow it up and do the things that he does. He’s got great ideas. He’s got phenomenal business acumen.

“Look, the guy has built a lot of stuff around his career and what he’s done, so we don’t want him to be quiet. We want to make as much noise as possible. There’s a lot of things out there in sponsorships, TV deals, and different types of investments and different places to do fights, and I think all of those things, Conor McGregor lends a big hand in. Just his name and how he talks about the sport and how much he likes it and where he thinks this sport is going to go, it’s only a big plus for us,” Feldman said

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