UFC: Dana White On Floyd Mayweather, Tyson Fury And Conor McGregor
In the last few hours, UFC president Dana White has spoken to several media outlets. And the three of the biggest topics on hand were Floyd Mayweather, Tyson Fury and Conor McGregor.
Speaking to Jim Rome (as transcribed by The Mac Life), Dana discussed the recent discussions he had with Floyd Mayweather at a Clipper’s game. Following their chat, Mayweather took to social media to announce that he and Dana planned a spectacular event in 2020.
“It’s true. We sat at the Clipper’s game, we started talking and we literally got a deal done right there on the court. We shook hands. We have a deal, and if things play out the way that Floyd and I think they will, I’ll probably sit down with Al Haymon in March and get a deal on paper.
“Let’s see how the next few months play out, and we could be doing something fun — I think if everything goes our way, Floyd and I would be doing something in October or November.”
And Mayweather isn’t the only boxer who could be working with Dana in 2020. Over the last month, Tyson Fury has been teasing of a move to MMA. Speaking on Chad Dukes vs. The World, the UFC boss said that he has spoken to the heavyweight boxing lineal champion.
“It’s interesting, he and I talked the other day. We talked. He really is interested in fighting. I respect that. We’ll see, we’ll see what happens. Let’s see what happens with his boxing career, he’s got this rematch coming up with Wilder which is obviously going to be huge. It’s a fun fight for the heavyweight division. You got [Andy] Ruiz and [Anthony] Joshua fighting this weekend, so we’ll see how that goes and we’ll see what happens.”
Dukes went on to ask Dana why McGregor’s return fight against ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone at UFC 246 is set to go down at welterweight and not lightweight.
“Conor’s going to fight at 170 [lbs] for this fight. Mainly because he doesn’t want to cut the weight. Him and Cerrone have both fought at 170, and he’s hoping he can beat Cerrone and turn right around and fight Khabib as quick as possible. So he didn’t want to make the cut twice.”
Dana also added that as well as wanting the Khabib rematch, McGregor is gunning for Jorge Masvidal as well.
“Conor told me that he definitely wants a fight with Masvidal. So we’ll see what happens.”
In another interview on The Rich Eisen Show, Dana White was asked what McGregor needs to do to earn another shot at Khabib.
Dana went to say that a rematch between McGregor and Khabib would be the ‘biggest pay-per-view in the history of the sport’.
Ahead of the McGregor vs ‘Cowboy’ fight at welterweight, Joe Rogan also weighed-in (no pun intended!) on Conor wanting the fight at 170lbs (as transcribed by MMA Fighting).
“Because Conor doesn’t want to lose any weight. I think that guy tortured himself to get down to 145 so hard, and when you look at what he looked like when he was on the scale, when he was flexing, he looked like a god damn zombie. It was horrible. So I think, whether he complains or not about that, nobody rides for free. You do that to your body for a couple of years, you do some damage and it makes it harder to lose the weight afterwards,” Rogan stated.
“So then he’s going up to 155. He’s obviously elite at 155, wins the title at 155, has the great rematch with Diaz at 170 and then comes back and fights Khabib at 155 and gets mauled. He has a fight with Cowboy, he’s really a 55er that can fight welterweight. That’s the right size for him versus, I don’t think Nate is fighting 155 any time in the future anymore.
“He’s fighting a guy who, I think in his eyes is not really a welterweight,” Rogan continued. I think he thinks of Cowboy as a guy who will fight at 170 but he’s really a 55er… I think Conor’s calculated in his comeback. I think this is a smart fight for him because he’s not fighting someone who is too big, where I feel like that was the argument about Nate even though Nate did fight at 155 for a long time. He’s a big dude. And then there’s some other guys that want to fight him at 170 that are real 170s. Masvidal is a perfect example of that. Masvidal was a 155er for a long time but he’s not anymore.”