Last night, UFC lightweight champ Conor McGregor bravely stepped into the boxing ring with undefeated legend Floyd Mayweather Jr. While McGregor had some real success early on, he ultimately fatigued in the second half of the fight, at which point Mayweather turned up the heat to capture a 10th-round TKO win. Speaking to the media at the event’s post-fight press conference, UFC President Dana White discussed his champion’s performance against Mayweather. Unsurprisingly, he was very impressed.
“This isn’t what he does,” White said at the post-fight press conference for Mayweather vs. McGregor (h/t MMAJunkie.com). “He’s a mixed martial artist, where he goes in and uses all of his weapons, and tonight he was only allowed to use his hands.”
“I don’t know if tonight was the best boxing you’ve ever seen, but Conor was landing jabs on Floyd Mayweather,” White added later. “Conor looked damn good tonight to me.”
White also addressed the many members of the combat sports world who completely counted McGregor out in the lead-up to this fight.
“[Boxing commentator] Max Kellerman, I’ve been trying to get ahold of him,” White said. “He ain’t answering his phone right now. He said Conor wouldn’t land one punch on Floyd Mayweather. There were a lot of people that were super negative about this with Floyd.”
Whatever the case, White is now hoping McGregor returns to MMA.
“I think he did great tonight. I don’t think there’s anything left to prove. I would rather he fight in MMA.”
Do you share Dana White’s thoughts on Conor McGregor vs. Floyd Mayweather?
This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 8/27/2017.