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Watch: Dana White Reveals Thoughts On Stoppage In Mayweather – McGregor Fight

Though he claimed that referee Robert Byrd had stopped the fight too soon, Conor McGregor seemed in good spirits when he spoke to Showtime’s Jim Gray following his tenth-round stoppage defeat to Floyd Mayweather Jr. in Las Vegas on Saturday night.

Having spoken to the UFC lightweight champion backstage, however, Dana White painted a very different picture of McGregor’s post-fight mood and also offered a conflicting opinion on the nature of the stoppage.

“He is very upset with himself. He feels like that fight was there for the taking and he thinks the fight was stopped early,” said the UFC president. “I was good with the stoppage. He is not a professional boxer. He stepped in there to fight arguably the greatest of all time and he looked damn good doing it. I was okay with ten rounds.”

McGregor never hit the floor in the fight but he was badly fatigued and being tagged with hard shots when Byrd stepped in to end the fight with almost two minutes remaining in round ten.

Dana White had initially opposed the fight between his promotion’s cash cow and the former pound for pound king of boxing but he changed his stance earlier this year and was instrumental in bringing the two stars together in the ring for one of the most lucrative fights of all time.

White had said before the fight that his charge’s upper hand in the size and power departments would pay dividends, but Mayweather’s superiror boxing skills and experience cancelled out any physical advantages the Irishman had. Despite being the smaller man, Mayweather was able to take it too McGregor for much of the fight, something that surprised White very much.

“Obviously not the fight that I was expecting,” Dana told the UFC’s Megan Olivi. “I thought Conor would be chasing him around and he would eventually catch him with some shots.”

Regardless, White was pleased with McGregor’s showing on the night, as were most who walked into the T-Mobile wrapped in the tricolor or screamed their lungs out for ‘The Notorious’ one in front of TV sets around the Emerald Isle.

“He looked fantastic tonight and I couldn’t be more proud of him,” said White.

You can watch the interview below(via Fox Sports)…

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Author: The PA Team

This article was written by a member of The PA Team.