Dana White says Conor McGregor might never fight again
Conor Mcgregor has been making the headlines lately, and for all of the wrong reasons. The UFC Champion is arguably the most-talked-about athlete in the world and has recently seen his name be associated with an assault on a cage fight referee and now he has been linked with a rumoured violent altercation in an Irish pub with multiple dangerous Dublin gang members.
Claims that McGregor was involved in the altercation were spread around social media in the last week, but UFC President Dana White has been quick to say that he doesn't believe the hearsay to be true.
"I don’t think it’s true," White said, via MMA Fighting. "Because if it was true, it would be big. Conor can walk down the street and it’s big news now. If this were true, I just have to believe it would be off-the-charts crazy.
"If it’s true, we’ll end up finding out. I can’t chase all these things around. If it’s true, we’ll get it figured out and we’ll go from there."
White also revealed the McGregor was pulled from UFC 219 on December 30, due to the incident that took place between him and a referee earlier in the month. The fighting mogul claims that the disciplinary process against McGregor was being led by the Association of Boxing Commissions.
However, the most startling revelation from interview came when White said that McGregor, who hasn't had a professional fight since August, may never fight again.
"He was being dealt with by the head of the ABC," White said. "We were gonna fight him, regardless of what [McGregor’s manager] Audie [Attar] says, we were working on a fight for him at the end of the year. And he’s just not ready.
"Listen … Conor might never fight again. The guy’s got a fucking hundred million dollars.
"These guys make money and that’s it. Fighting is the worst. Try to get up and get punched in the face every day when you’ve got $100 million in the bank. Money changes everything for a lot of people."
McGregor's recent trouble has seen him be compared to the former UFC light heavyweight champion, Jon Jones. Jones was widely viewed as the best MMA fighter in the world during the early parts of his career, however, his indiscretions outside of the Octagon led to him continuously being stripped of his title.
The similarities between the two fighters are not lost on White, who has seen how the huge amounts of money they get paid can change a fighter.
"He’s a young, rich kid who is a god in Ireland," White said. "That’s not the healthiest environment either. It’s all part of it. 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.’"
"What’s weird is it happens more in this sport, in fighting, in the fighting business, more than any other sport."
It would be a shame to see McGregor retire from the world of sport. After all, underneath all the bravado, all the cockiness and attitude, he is a very good fighter.