Speaking to ESPN recently, UFC President Dana White updated on the fighting future of former two-division champ and MMA mega star Conor McGregor. The UFC boss explained that McGregor’s massive financial success is allowing him to sit back wait for the right moment to return. He also assured that the UFC’s new pay-per-view model — PPVS are now available exclusively through ESPN — has nothing to do with the delay on McGregor’s return.
“What did I say leading up to the Mayweather-McGregor fight? [That he may never fight again]. Did I not say that? And how many times has he fought since then? Once,” White said of Conor McGregor (transcript via MMA Fighting). “Conor is in a very unique position as a fighter. He has tons of money. His whiskey business is off the charts. Conor now has the ability to be very calculated, sit back, and play the game the way he wants to. There’s so much more to this than people speculate. . .
“As far as Pay-Per-Views for the fighters? Not an issue. All these guys are gonna make their money. Believe me. We’re much smarter than that.”
Dana White continued, claiming that Conor McGregor is still confident he can beat Khabib Nurmagomedov and that the Irishman wants the rematch.
“Conor 100 percent believes he can beat Khabib,” White said. “He wants the rematch, he feels he deserves the rematch before anybody else. So we’ve got to see how these fights play out. This weekend is a very big, important fight in that whole division and what’s gonna happen. Then in September the Khabib fight will play out in Abu Dhabi. Then we’ll see what’s next.”
“I can’t say that’s gonna happen,” White concluded. “Anything is possible. I don’t know who is gonna come out of that fight banged up, what’s gonna happen to them, and everything else, so we’ll see.”
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This article first appeared on BJPENN.COM on 6/6/2019.