UFC president Dana White spoke to TMZ Sports recently, giving fans an update on the ongoing negotiations between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor and who exactly he feels the Irishman will fight next.
All this Floyd Mayweather-Conor McGregor talk should really be fizzling out at this stage and yet, it only seems to be gathering in momentum. The widely discussed, debated and often disregarded boxing match between the legendary Mayweather and the biggest star in the world of MMA, Conor McGregor, has been the combat sport’s story of the year so far.
Ever since the whisperings of this potential super fight began, the actual likelihood of seeing this ridiculous match-up come to fruition has only seemed like an increasingly probable scenario. Both guys seem interested, the fans most definitely want it and yet, the one thing that has supposedly been the main problem between both parties is the money.
McGregor’s valuation of his own worth just seems to be one that the Mayweather camp don’t agree with, and for this reason the fight has yet to be signed.
Today, White spoke to TMZ Sports giving his own update on where the McGregor-Mayweather negotiations stood, the idea that Freddie Roach would train Conor and he also shed light on who he feels Conor will actually face in his next fight.
“I don’t know where we’re at. We’re nowhere. Conor wouldn’t train with anybody, Conor’s got his own team and his own crew. I expect Conor’s next fight to be in the UFC, in mixed martial arts and the against the winner of Khabib & Ferguson.”
Concerning Conor’s chances in a match-up with the sambo master, Khabib Nurmagomedov, White pointed to history as a good indicator of how McGregor’s knack for overcoming adversity may well see him through again.
“Listen, people have been doubting Conor since the day he first stepped onto the scene. Look, Khabib is awesome, Khabib is tough, but, people have been doubting him [Conor] since day one.”
With Nurmagomedov set to take on Tony Ferguson for the interim lightweight title, the stakes for the already huge clash may well just have gotten bigger, if McGregor does indeed make a return to the UFC.
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena
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