Eddie Hearn says Dana White and the UFC should do whatever it takes to bring back Conor McGregor: “I’m bringing McGregor back, whatever it costs”

By Harry Kettle - February 28, 2024

Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn has advised Dana White to do everything in his power to bring back Conor McGregor.

Dana White and Conor McGregor shaking hands

The rise of Conor McGregor has become legend at this point. We all know his rags to riches story, and we all know that he’s the biggest star in the history of mixed martial arts. What we don’t know, though, is if and when he’s going to return to the Octagon.

It’s been nearly three years since we last saw him compete in the cage. Of course, his leg injury played a big role in that, but he seems to have fully recovered by this point.

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In the mind of Eddie Hearn, Dana White needs to do everything he can to ensure McGregor competes for the UFC again.

Hearn wants to see McGregor return

“I talk to Conor quite a bit and [I believe he wants to fight],” Hearn said on The MMA Hour. “I still think he’s going to want the deal to be right. There comes a point where — sometimes you’ll do a show where you have to give them what they want, because it’s in the best interest of the sport and the business. Maybe I could make more money on a small show than I do promoting [Saul] ‘Canelo’ Alvarez, but what does it mean to my business? What does it mean to DAZN? What does it mean to my reputation with fighters and my opportunity to sign young Mexican fighters coming through?

“In many instances, you take a bath to deliver. If it was me — and it’s not me, and Dana certainly doesn’t need my advice — but I’m bringing McGregor back, whatever it costs,” he continued. “He injects an enthusiasm and a vibrancy into the UFC that no one else can. There is no one in the sport who can make it happen for the UFC and MMA like Conor McGregor. When he comes back, the press conferences, the build-up, the value of the business, the ratings, the pay-per-view numbers [all go up].”

Quotes via MMA Mania

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