Conor McGregor has been chasing a crossover bout against boxing great Floyd Mayweather. But he has chosen to leave the UFC completely out of the equation. UFC President Dana White is obviously unhappy about the situation. And has expressed his intent to make sure McGregor falls from grace if he decides to pursue this path.
In a recent interview, White reiterated his sentiments and revealed that he and McGregor are currently not on speaking terms.
Dana White and Conor McGregor are Not on Speaking Terms
“We haven’t talked since [his pay-per-view interview]. We haven’t talked. We haven’t talked since then,” said White.
“Floyd [Mayweather] said he had made offers and I said, ‘No he hasn’t. Floyd hasn’t made any offers that’s a crock of [expletive]. Here’s a real offer.’ So I laid out the first offer.”
Over a month ago, White was open to making a big money fight between Mayweather and his prized ward. He even made a real offer to both Mayweather and McGregor. And said that he would make it the main event and load the undercard with UFC fights.
But McGregor obviously has other plans. Knowing full well the financial impact such a fight could generate. McGregor decided he wanted to promote the bout himself and leave the UFC out of it. A few weeks ago, McGregor held a live interview with Ariel Helwani on pay-per-view.
The Irishman laid out plans of putting up McGregor Promotions which would then co-promote the fight with Mayweather Promotions. Having his own company means McGregor would be able to maximize profit because he wouldn’t have to cut the UFC any deals.
White Has Now Issued a Second Warning to McGregor
So you can understand why White is so irked by the situation. Recently, White reiterated that McGregor would definitely experience a sharp fall from grace if he insists on continuing his plans.
“You know exactly what I mean [from the comments White made at UFC in Denver]. You know exactly what I mean and you know exactly what was said and done, and it is what it is right now,” said White.
“He (McGregor) came out and said, ‘I can do this without them!’. I guarantee you he can’t do it without us,” White added.
“And what I said was I’ve always been respectful of Conor and the things he wants to do any everything else, but if he wants to go down that road it would be an epic fall. And everybody knows exactly what that means. I don’t think anything else needs to be said. That’s it.”