Dana White is not buying the Conor McGregor retirement story. The UFC President also stated that the Dublin native could also stay in UFC 200 if McGregor just gave him a call. White stated on Colin Cowherd’s The Herd on Fox Sports 1 where he said:
“So, Conor basically said that he, he didn’t want to come to Las Vegas,” White told Cowherd. “We had a tour planned. We were going to start in Vegas. We were going to then go to Stockton, and then New York. And then he could go back to, you know, to Iceland, where he is right now.
“And he said, ‘I don’t want to do it. I’m not going to come.’ And I was basically saying, ‘You have to come.’ In the history of us owning the UFC, there’s been one time that a guy hasn’t shown up for his press conference, and it was Nick Diaz vs.Georges St-Pierre prior to UFC 137. I pulled Diaz from the fight. You can’t not show up to promote your fight.”
White however is playing down the tension between McGregor and the UFC brass and conversations between the UFC and McGregor’s management were always civil.
“It never got combative, and I was talking to his manager,” White said. “They were asking to move all this stuff to May, and you can’t move this. This stuff is in motion. All fans care about is the fights, and that’s all they should care about.”
“Everyone likes to talk about how I cuddle Conor, and I baby Conor, and Conor can do whatever he wants and all this stuff. No, no you can’t. We do give Conor a lot of leeway because Conor delivers. He wasn’t planning on delivering this weekend and I had to pull him. That’s what had to be done.”
Cowherd ended the interview by asking White if McGregor will ever fight again and not only did White said yes, he stated that McGregor could still fight on the UFC 200 if they both got on the phone to discuss the issues.
“Yeah, if he called me after this interview, we would probably still do it,” White said. “The problem with this whole thing is you have to be here to promote your fight and you have to shoot this commercial. We’re spending $10 million in promotion for UFC 200, and all that money is motion. You can’t do this. I don’t care who you are, or how big you are, you can’t do this.”Check out our latest podcast episode featuring Desmond Green & Matteo Urella.