Dana White: Conor McGregor May Never Fight Again
UFC president Dana White has revealed he thinks that Conor McGregor may not ever return to the UFC’s hallowed octagon following a tumultuous year away from mixed martial arts. McGregor initially took time off from the sport to await the birth of his first child after winning the UFC lightweight championship in late 2016.
McGregor would then pursue a boxing super fight with Floyd “Money” Mayweather, which he would later lose in the tenth round via TKO. Many speculated that McGregor would make his way back to mixed martial arts following the loss, but White isn’t so sure.
“We were working on a fight for him at the end of the year, and he’s just not ready,” White said on Tuesday.
“We’re still in that ‘Conor might never fight again’ (phase). The guy’s got a f***ing $100 million.
“I’ve got guys who have made less than that, who were lawyers their whole lives and quit working. And fighting is the worst, try to get up and get punched in the face for a living when you’ve got $100 million in the bank.”
White went on to compare McGregor’s meteoric rise in the sport to that of Jon Jones, whose controversial life outside the cage has involved numerous incidents of drug use, car racing related felonies and even a hit-and-run accident involving a pregnant woman. Jones would also test positive for performance-enhancing substances twice, further tarnishing his career.
“I don’t know if you guys remember in the very beginning with Jon Jones.
“There’s no doubt the talent was there. I used to go, ‘The guy is talented, but he’s young, he’s rich, he’s the king of the world now. Hopefully, he can keep it together.’
McGregor has hopped from controversy to controversy since the boxing super fight with Mayweather, having stormed the cage at a Bellator event in Dublin where he pushed a referee and slapped an official, and now just this week allegedly getting into a brawl with some power members of the Irish mafia.
“That was way before the crazy sh*t started to happen. And there it is. It happens.
“Conor is a rich kid, who is a god in Ireland,” White said. “That’s not the healthiest environment.”
“At the end of the day, I’m going to run this business with or without anybody,” White said. “If Conor wants to fight again, we absolutely want Conor to come back. But if Conor walks away and doesn’t fight again, it’s part of the game.
“We need to figure that out. Right now, with him, it’s not about defend or vacate. We’re working on a new deal with him. We’ve got to work out this new deal.”