Dana White and Conor McGregor don’t always get along. But the pair are like a couple in a longterm relationship. They get tired of each other and want to cheat on their partner. But they always end up going back when there’s nobody better. That’s the situation they both find themselves in.
McGregor will fight Cowboy Cerrone next weekend in Las Vegas. Despite his lack of activity, he’s in great condition. The Irishman has a lot of pressure on his shoulders and a lot to prove. Losing this is inconceivable. But Cerrone is no walk in the park.
Now Dana White has raved to TMZ Sports about McGregor’s ability. In short, he can’t believe what good shape his prize asset is in. But it’s going to take more than that to beat Cerrone. UFC 246 goes down this Saturday.
White raved about his star attraction. He said that the Irishman is in phenomenal condition but admitted ring rust could play a factor. McGregor’s head coach John Kavanagh has also praised his current shape but he was always going to do that. If the UFC doctors are saying it then that’s a different story.
“Conor and I have not seen each other face-to-face yet, but we have been texting and I’m hearing that he’s in phenomenal shape right now. The UFC doctor is actually saying he thinks Conor’s in the best shape he’s ever seen him in. Head seems to be in the right place. Ring rust is real, I believe in it, we’ll see how that goes.”
Cerrone is the most active fighter on the entire roster. Is he really the man you want to have ring rust for? Only time will tell if he can get past Cowboy’s threat.
The UFC President also said that McGregor is looking at his potential options for his next fight. That’s assuming he beats Cerrone which is not a given. In short, he would prefer a clash with Khabib to get revenge. He also believes that the Khabib v Ferguson fight in April won’t happen. McGregor should stop talking right now because that’s all I want from the MMA world
“Here’s the thing: Realistically, Conor believes that Khabib vs. Tony Ferguson will not happen,” White told TMZ Sports. “We’ve tried to do this fight many, many times. Conor believes it won’t happen. Conor wanted to do this fight (with Cerrone) at 170 because he wants to turn right around and jump in and fight Khabib if that fight (with Ferguson) doesn’t happen. So again, we’ll see how this plays out. We’ll see what happens after this, and Conor is very focused on that rematch with Khabib.”
Meanwhile, McGregor is convinced that this will be the biggest payday of his MMA career. He’s already earned a cool $100 million from the Floyd Mayweather fight. Then he made $50 million overall from fighting Khabib. In sum, fighting is a very lucrative business for the Irishman. In an interview on ESPN with Arial Helwani, he explained that he’s expecting big money.
”I’m confident it’s going to be a nice paycheck. Probably (the most I’ve made) in my mixed martial arts career,” McGregor said.
“I’m estimating around $80 million. Because, like I said, we’ve got Australia and Canada and England and Ireland; should be a good one.”
Not bad if you can get it.