Dana White: Conor McGregor More Likely to Fight Floyd Mayweather Than Nate Diaz

UFC President Dana White said an MMA fight between Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather Jr. is more likely than a third meeting between McGregor and Nate Diaz.
On Saturday, TMZ Sports passed along comments from White, who noted Diaz hasn’t shown a recen…

UFC President Dana White said an MMA fight between Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather Jr. is more likely than a third meeting between McGregor and Nate Diaz.

On Saturday, TMZ Sports passed along comments from White, who noted Diaz hasn’t shown a recent desire to get back in the Octagon.

“We’ve been hitting him up since the last time he fought [UFC 202], offering him fights, and he’s not interested in fighting,” White said.

White also told TMZ Sports he’s talked with Mayweather’s camp about another potential cross-sport encounter, but there are no “active discussions” between the sides.

The undefeated boxer said in a December Fight Hype video he believed there was a massive amount of money available if he switched sports, per Brett Okamoto of ESPN.com.

“Exactly what I said is this: If I could make over a billion dollars before, I could do it again,” Mayweather said. “If I chose to get in the UFC and fight three fights or fight four fights and then fight Conor McGregor, I could make a billion dollars. Which I can. I could do it in three fights or even four fights—I could make a billion dollars if I choose to get in the Octagon and fight.”

The 40-year-old Michigan native cruised to a 10th-round knockout victory over McGregor in their August boxing match.

Although the outspoken Irishman drew praise for keeping the fight competitive in the early going, Mayweather was never in any serious danger and didn’t appear to amplify his offensive attack until he went for the KO in the final rounds.

The opposite would likely be true in a UFC fight. It’s hard to imagine the longtime boxer making a seamless transition to MMA against a lightweight and former featherweight champion.

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Quote: Conor McGregor Is Barely Best In World

Retired undefeated welterweight fighter Ben Askren continues to speak out about the sport of MMA. He has been vocal in recent interviews about wanting to come out of retirement for an MMA return in the UFC. Throughout these interviews, he has been asked who he would like to fight if he did sign with the […]

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Retired undefeated welterweight fighter Ben Askren continues to speak out about the sport of MMA.

He has been vocal in recent interviews about wanting to come out of retirement for an MMA return in the UFC.

Throughout these interviews, he has been asked who he would like to fight if he did sign with the UFC.

Most of the time, he has said former UFC middleweight and welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre.

In a recent interview on MMA on Sirius XM, he was asked about UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz.

However, Askren doesn’t seem to be up for taking these potential fights.

“Nate Diaz sucks. I mean, yeah. [Conor] McGregor is barely the best in the world,” Askren said (transcript via BJPenn.com). “I mean, the guy beat up Nate Diaz barely a couple of times and Nate Diaz himself is a very mediocre UFC fighter. There is no way you can argue that sentiment because all you have to do is look at [Diaz’s] record.”

“The record shows he’s a very middle-of-the-road UFC fighter, he’s a 500 guy,” Askren said of Diaz. “He wins half, he loses half. Sure, he’s had some good wins, but he’s also had some terrible losses.”

Askren continues to say that he wants to fight St-Pierre in Montreal sometime in late 2019. According to the former One champion, a fight with McGregor doesn’t make much sense for him.

“And you know McGregor, he lands a couple of good punches against Eddie Alvarez,” Askren said. “Is he good? Sure, but I’d like to see him defend his belt, he’s never defended his belt ever. But sure, if McGregor wanted to fight me – I don’t know, is he the best in the world? I guess since he’s got the belt.”

“Sure, if he wanted to come up and fight me, that’d be fine. He knows that’s a terrible idea, I know that’s a terrible idea. He’s not gonna do it. Let’s just stick with the game plan and go with Georges [St-Pierre].”

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If Conor McGregor Is Stripped, What’s Next For Him?

UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor hasn’t fought in over a year and has no fight currently booked. With Tony Ferguson and Khabib Nurmagomedov set to clash in the main event of UFC 223, UFC president Dana White hinted Thursday that McGregor i…

UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor hasn’t fought in over a year and has no fight currently booked. With Tony Ferguson and Khabib Nurmagomedov set to clash in the main event of UFC 223, UFC president Dana White hinted Thursday that McGregor is going to be stripped of his belt. The Irish superstar has held the […]

Conor McGregor Confirms He’s Returning To MMA

Conor McGregor says he will return to MMA. With the lightweight champion in negotiations to fight twice in 2018 while Dana White insisted McGregor ‘understood why he was being stripped’ of the 155-pound title, ‘The Notorious’ took to his own personal Instagram account to confirm he will be back, period, because he’s the best. His return […]

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Conor McGregor says he will return to MMA.

With the lightweight champion in negotiations to fight twice in 2018 while Dana White insisted McGregor ‘understood why he was being stripped’ of the 155-pound title, ‘The Notorious’ took to his own personal Instagram account to confirm he will be back, period, because he’s the best.

His return was apparently closer than we all thought too, as he offered to fill in for Max Holloway at March 3’s UFC 222, but the UFC couldn’t raise the funds to pay him his now-astronomical asking price:

“I am fighting again. Period. I am the best at this.

I put my name forward to step in at UFC 222 to face Frankie Edgar when Max Holloway pulled out, but I was told there wasn’t enough time to generate the money that the UFC would need.

I was excited about bouncing in last minute and taking out the final featherweight, without all the rest of the stuff that comes with this game. Please respect the insane amount of work outside the fight game that I have put in.

On top of the fighting.
I am here.
It is on them to come and get me. Because I am here.

Yours sincerely,
The Champ Champ™

So it appears to be a matter of cold, hard cash – as always – and the word is the UFC and McGregor are getting closer and closer on agreeing to terms for his return.

He may or may not be stripped of his title, but the consensus has him facing the winner of UFC 223’s Tony Ferguson vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov title fight.

That is, unless Floyd Mayweather actually makes his way to the UFC.

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Conor McGregor Reportedly In Negotiations For Two Fights In 2018

Dana White insisted Conor McGregor ‘understands the decision to strip him’ of his lightweight title, but some further news has surfaced suggesting that may be a moot point. According to Dave Meltzer of F4Wonline.com (via Bloody Elbow), McGregor is in negotiations to return for not only one UFC fight in 2018 but two: “The word is […]

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Dana White insisted Conor McGregor ‘understands the decision to strip him’ of his lightweight title, but some further news has surfaced suggesting that may be a moot point.

According to Dave Meltzer of F4Wonline.com (via Bloody Elbow), McGregor is in negotiations to return for not only one UFC fight in 2018 but two:

“The word is that negotiations with Conor McGregor are going well. No deal to return has been inked but they are said to be not so far apart and are in talks about him doing two fights in 2018.”

A ton of heat has recently surfaced about McGregor possibly returning to face Floyd Mayweather, whom he lost a tenth-round TKO in their hyped boxing match last August, in the Octagon.

However, Meltzer believes that Mayweather will not ultimately sign with the UFC to compete in a sport he would be at a massive disadvantage. And if he does not, the obvious choice for McGregor in the UFC would be a bout versus the winner of UFC 223’s Tony Ferguson vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov main event:

“All the pub right now is Mayweather under MMA rules but I can’t see Mayweather agreeing to that, even though it’s huge money,” Meltzer noted. “The UFC fight idea is the winner of Tony Ferguson vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov”

It’s an obvious choice, yet there’s far from a guarantee that McGregor will return to the UFC in 2018, if ever again.

He made a reported $100 million to box Mayweather, and as White hinted in his recent interview where he said Ferguson and Khabib would be fighting ‘for the title,’ he wouldn’t go as far to say that the UFC had officially stripped “The Notorious.”

Many believe that’s coming right before UFC 223.

With White noncommittal on McGregor’s return and the Irish star recently having broken the record for the longest UFC title reign without defending, everything is still as clear as mud.

We don’t fully know what’s going on behind the scenes, but if Meltzer’s report proves true, something huge could be coming soon.

“We’ll see what happens” – Dana White

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Donald Cerrone Shows He’s Not Done Yet At UFC Fight Night 126

There were many questions about Donald Cerrone heading into his main event bout against Yancy Medeiros at UFC Fight Night 126, which took place Sunday night in Austin, Texas. Cerrone, one of the winningest fighters in UFC history, was coming off of thr…

There were many questions about Donald Cerrone heading into his main event bout against Yancy Medeiros at UFC Fight Night 126, which took place Sunday night in Austin, Texas. Cerrone, one of the winningest fighters in UFC history, was coming off of three straight losses to Darren Till, Robbie Lawler and Jorge Masvidal. This left […]