Dana White has admitted that there was a very real chance of Conor McGregor vs. Dustin Poirier III falling through amid the recent animosity between the pair.
Last week, Conor McGregor announced that he was pulling out of the rubber match with Dustin Poirier after the American publicly revealed that ‘The Notorious’ had failed to follow through with his donation of $500,000 to Poirier’s charity.
McGregor lashed out at Poirier and told him that “you will pay with your brain for this attempt at smearing my name” after insisting that he never received assurances about where the money would be going.
My team does their due diligence to make sure every donation meets the mark. My generosity is known. You will pay with your brain for this attempt at smearing my name. Shooting ass shelling ass bitch. Little bitch kicks from a shell. Good luck when you’re caught. You’re fucked.
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) April 12, 2021
Days after the furious back-and-forth between the lightweight rivals, it was confirmed that McGregor vs. Poirier III would indeed headline UFC 264 on July 10 and ‘The Diamond’ has since expressed regret about the way he went about the donation revelation.
There have been suggestions by some that the social media exchange was engineered to ramp up interest in the trilogy fight although it’s unlikely that Poirier would have jeopardised the credibility of his Good Fight Foundation for promotional reasons.
UFC President Dana White has dismissed claims that the recent hostility between McGregor and Poirier was fabricated.
“Oh yeah. There were a lot of chances that was going to fall apart,” White told TSN.
“I saw some conspiracy theorists thinking that was to help promote the fight — absolutely none of that was done to help promote the fight, I can assure you of that, but we got it done.
“Both guys, we had to go back and forth. Listen man, we’ve been doing this for 20 years. This is what we do. This is what we do. We get it done.”
A full attendance of 20,800 fans will be permitted at the T-Mobile Arena for McGregor vs. Poirier III and tickets for UFC 264 sold out in seconds when they went on sale last week.
McGregor remains a slight betting favourite for the UFC 264 main event despite suffering the first TKO defeat of his mixed martial arts career at the hands of Poirier in January.
With a stoppage win for each over the other, McGregor and Poirier have vowed to meet in the middle of the Octagon on July 10 to settle the score.