Conor McGregor has hit back at Dana White after the UFC president slammed him for sharing a number of private messages between the pair.
Before revealing his plans to return to the boxing ring for a clash with Manny Pacquiao, Conor McGregor released a series of direct messages with Dana White on Instagram.
The content of the messages centred around the Irishman’s hopes for his 2020 season, with McGregor expressing an interest in competing in Los Angeles in May before sharing the Octagon with Diego Sanchez in Dublin five months later.
To Diego Sanchez…
I seen your recent comments about your final bout and I am in!
After you fought Pereira, I had requested for myself and you to compete in Dublin. This was back in February when I was working on opposition for my season, pre covid.
Good luck this weekend! pic.twitter.com/Y0hf6Zr7XF
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) September 25, 2020
White was not happy that his private discussion with McGregor was made public without his permission, with the UFC boss telling reporters that “this is some man code stuff, you know? It’s just something you don’t do. It’s one of the dirtiest things you can do.”
McGregor was not prepared to apologise for his social media activity, however, as the former UFC featherweight and lightweight champion responded by accusing his boss of lying about him.
McGregor insisted he was open to fighting Justin Gaethje in May, despite suggestions that he turned down the bout, and ‘The Notorious’ took aim at White for being dishonest.
McGregor tweeted: “Code was broke when you lied about me turning down fights mate. I said Justin in May and you went and said I did not want to fight. It’s not about Diego. Diego was a filler to get more fights in. Also you have been involved in Manny talks the legal letters are there. Stop lying.”
Gaethje inserted himself in the conversation with a tweet of his own but it wouldn’t be surprising if Gaethje’s manager, Ali Abdelaziz, played some role in posting the below.
@TheNotoriousMMA Not a good look lying on the boss. Anything to not look like a bitch. You had me in January I was calling on you left and right and not a peep. My manager asked if I wanted you after Tony but you know, fuck you. You never wanted it, you took the easy road kid. https://t.co/O1xAhMwdju
— Justin Gaethje 🇺🇸 (@Justin_Gaethje) September 28, 2020