Dana White Discusses Mayweather, McGregor, Showtime, More

UFC President Dana White discussed a wide range of subjects during an interview with The Associated Press ahead of UFC 220.

White talked about the future of his company superstar, Conor McGregor, who continues to hold the UFC lightweight title but hasn't fought in MMA since the fall of 2016.

McGregor made as much as $100 million for last August's boxing match with Floyd Mayweather Jr. at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. It was McGregor's professional boxing debut and he's been talking about a Mayweather rematch in several interviews since the loss.

mayweather-mcgregor-brooklyn (21)

Tony Ferguson vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov for the interim lightweight title, the one Ferguson won in October, was announced for UFC 223 in New York. The 29-year-old McGregor has not fought for UFC since he won the lightweight belt in November 2016 .

McGregor could soon be stripped of the UFC lightweight title.

"We can't tie up the title two years, no matter how much I love the kid," White said. "We'll let Tony Ferguson and Khabib fight for the title and then Conor obviously will be the first one to come back and get a crack at either one of them."

Will McGregor come back to UFC?

"I don't know," White said. "I don't wait for anybody. I run my business, I keep rolling and that's it. The kid's got $100 million. Who knows, he might never fight again."

On a potential Mayweather-McGregor rematch.

"I wouldn't do that fight again," White said. "I would never work with Showtime again. I'd never work with that weasel (Showtime Sports executive Stephen Espinoza) again."

How about Mayweather crossing over to the UFC?

"If Floyd wants to fight in the octagon and get out of his Showtime deal, let's do it," White said. "I think that's the only way people would care this time. Do you know how many people want to see that guy take a shin to the face?"

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by chico malo loc on 01-20-2018

dana is the fkn weasel! who the hell likes dana?

Comment by Cigar on 01-20-2018

Does anybody like Stephen Espinoza?

Comment by SthPaw on 01-20-2018

Dana and his continued grasp at his first real taste of prime time attention and revenue etc...I’m convinced this man will still be talking like this in years to come

Comment by thack on 01-20-2018

I'd be more up for seeing Dana' take a shin to the face '

Comment by Andre_parker1 on 01-20-2018

haha..weasel espinoza..good catch

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (5)
Top Headlines Floyd Mayweather Tops Forbes Richest Celebrities List Hearn: Povetkin Extremely Dangerous, AJ Will Make a Statement Fabian Maidana vs. Andrey Klimov Lands on Garcia-Easter News: Mykquan Williams, Roney Hines, Frank Galarza, More Carl Frampton vs. Luke Jackson - Undercard Update - 2 Team Lomachenko: Pacquiao Must Go To 135 - No Catch-Weight! Manny Pacquiao: I Still Have Two or Three Fights Left in Me Photos: Manny Pacquiao Arrives Home To a Hero's Welcome Andrew Moloney vs. Luis Concepcion on September 8 Joshua-Povetkin Officially Announced; 9/22 at Wembley Stadium Trainer: I Guarantee Mikey Garcia Will Regret Facing Easter! Pacquiao 'Thinking About' Working With Freddie Roach Again Pacquiao: Khan, Crawford, Lomachenko All Potential Opponents Callum Johnson Warns: Beterbiev Will Know He's Been in a Fight! Liam Smith Confident of Shocking Jaime Munguia, Explains Why British and English Title News: Askin vs. Okolie Sent To Bids Pacquiao Wants Next Fight In U.S.; Arum Says Tax Debt Not $20M Horn's Promoter: Pacquiao's Win Proves He's Not Past It! Pacquiao: If Mayweather Comes Back - Let's Do a Second One! Pacquiao's Win Over Matthysse A Blessing And A Curse Atlas: Pacquiao Beat a Heavy Bag; Diminished Matthysse Quit! Pacquiao: Matthysse Was Hurt From The Punches, Looked Scared Pacquiao Says Buboy Warned Him To Avoid 'Marquez' Mistakes Jose Pedraza Expects a Very Tough Outing With Ray Beltran Manny Pacquiao: Do I Look Old? I'm Back! Lucas Matthysse is Not Sure About The Future of His Career Usyk: I Have No Fear of Fighting Murat Gassiev in Russia Jeff Horn Calls Out Manny Pacquiao For a Rematch Pacquiao: From Round 1, I Knew He Couldn't Handle My Power! Brandon Cook: Brook Fight is Off, Brook Has Ankle Injury Pacquiao Gives High Praise To Buboy as New Head Trainer RBF Exec: We Secured QF/SF Fights For The WBSS Season 2 Pacquiao: Like I Said - I'm Not Gone From Boxing, I'm Still Here! Photos: Pacquiao Crushes Matthysse For First KO Win Since 09 Photos: Regis Prograis Breaks Down Velasco For TKO, WBSS Slot Photos: Teofimo Lopez Beats Down, Stops William Silva Rocky Fielding: I'd Love An ECHO Arena Defense of WBA Title Philippines Prez Wants Pacquiao To Retire on Back of Big Win Matthysse: My Head is Raised, I Lost To a Legend in Pacquiao Manny Pacquiao: It Was a Long Time Ago Since I've Done That!

Latest Active Forum Threads