UFC CEO Dana White says injury and money are to blame for latest Conor McGregor postponement

By Harry Kettle - February 14, 2024

UFC CEO Dana White has explained why Conor McGregor doesn’t have a fight booked right now.

Dana White, Conor McGregor, UFC, June

While the upcoming release of Road House is certainly exciting, many fans are more interested in knowing when Conor McGregor will return to the Octagon. After all, it’s been almost three years since we last saw him compete in the cage.

The main reason behind that was the leg break he suffered against Dustin Poirier. Beyond that, Conor has coached a season of The Ultimate Fighter, with the expectation being that he’d take on Michael Chandler when the season was done.

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Alas, that has yet to come to fruition. The American sensation has been waiting patiently, but as of this writing, nothing has been confirmed.

In a recent interview, Dana White gave his thoughts on the situation.

White explains McGregor’s absence

“First of all, he is coming back from one of the nastiest injuries you can come back from. How long was Anderson Silva out? How long was Chris Weidman out when he did it? The guys who break that bone … that’s an issue right there, number one. Number two: Conor McGregor doesn’t need the f—king money. When you don’t need the money, it’s not as easy. I mean, Khabib! Khabib doesn’t need the money, and Khabib retired.”

“I know he’s training; I don’t know what level of training he’s doing. I don’t know what level of kicking he’s doing right now, I don’t know any of that stuff, I need to know the guys in a full camp and he’s ready to go. Conor McGregor has a movie coming out, businesses he’s built — it’s a completely different dynamic when you’re dealing with a guy that has this kind of money.”

Quotes via MMA Mania

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