Dana White Comments on Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather Negotiations, Blasts Jeff Mayweather and Bob Arum
UFC President Dana White spoke at last night’s post-fight press conference for UFC 210, and he discussed the status and ongoing negotiations with Conor McGregor for a potential boxing match with Floyd Mayweather Jr. Below are some highlights from the presser (transcript via MMAjunkie).
White on how he sees the fight happening: “I see this fight happening. Conor wants it, and Floyd wants it. I’ve said many times Conor has done a lot. He’s stepped up for big fights for this company, and for me and for (former UFC CEO) Lorenzo (Fertitta). I can’t deny him this fight. … Conor is having a baby any day now, and after Conor has his baby, Conor and I are going to meet in New York.”
White on the rumors about an 80/20 split between the UFC and McGregor: “What I would like to clarify is all the (expletive) about the 80/20 split (between the UFC and McGregor). Jeff Mayweather? Come on Jeff. Me and Jeff go way back. Jeff, are you the spokesman now for (expletive) Team Mayweather? And Bob Arum? You piece of (expletive) – (expletive) you too. What do they know about this fight? Want to know what they know about this fight? Nothing. Believe me. We have had preliminary talks with Conor, and I’m in a good place with Conor, and we’re going to meet in New York when he has his baby.”
White on how negotiations might progress: “The thing is, the longer it takes for us to come to an agreement (with McGregor), I think the longer it’s going to take to negotiate with the Mayweather team. Because I know all the talk of A-side, B-side and all this stuff. Listen, of course everything I say is going to come off biased because he’s my guy. But you guys judge. Is Conor McGregor not a massive star? And this fight here, Floyd doesn’t make this kind of money either without Conor. So Conor is just as important as Floyd when it comes to this fight. Not to mention the fact Conor’s stepping in and boxing him and not saying, ‘Hey, let’s fight in mixed martial arts.’”