Dana White has thrown some praise in the direction of his company’s biggest star Conor McGregor, claiming that he is never one to turn down a fight offer.
Conor McGregor is the type of fighter who comes along once in a lifetime. As one of the biggest names in sports today, the earning potential that this man can bring to the table is unrivalled in combat sports right now – something that was evidenced by both his record-breaking boxing bout with Floyd Mayweather in 2017 and his UFC 229 clash with Khabib Nurmagomedov.
Dana and co. have had every reason to be delighted with the Irishman since his original ascent several years ago and while both parties have for sure had their share of disagreements, overall, the relationship that has been built between fighter and promoter has been a solid one.
McGregor’s willingness to take short-notice replacement opponents, in particular, has been something that has set him apart from the others over the years – with UFC 189 and UFC 196 standing as two of the primary examples of him taking a risk for the sake of a major PPV event.
Speaking in a recent interview, Dana explained exactly how game his prized asset is and how he has never been one to turn down fights. (via MMA Fighting)
No, Conor hasn’t turned down anything. Listen, Ali [Abdelaziz] can say whatever, Conor doesn’t turn down fights, period.
“Conor has been one of the most stand up [guys], when things get crazy and most people pull out of fights, Conor McGregor stays in. McGregor isn’t afraid to fight anyone so that is absolutely false.
“Conor’s in a position where he’s sitting back right now, I think waiting to see how this whole thing plays out with all these guys but he should pop up soon. Yeah, I think we’ll see him this year.”
As of right now, it doesn’t appear as though we’ll see the Irishman in action until later this year at the very earliest. Right now, there are several moving pieces in the 155lb division and at least two or three guys who could well be ahead of Conor in line for a title-shot.
But as we all know, money talks, and while divisional champion Khabib Nurmagomedov will have his hands full with Dustin Poirier at UFC 242, it is starting to look like we could well be seeing McGregor fighting for UFC gold again before too long.
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena