Dana White Expects Conor McGregor to Defend UFC Title Before Year’s End

June 16, 2017

Conor McGregor holds the UFC lightweight title, but will be boxing Floyd Mayweather Jr. on Aug. 26 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

“The Notorious” is the only fighter in UFC history to hold two divisional titles at the same time. He’s undefeated inside the Octagon at 145 pounds and 155 pounds, and is 1-1 as a welterweight.

Conor McGregor and Dana White UFC 189“You guys know how I feel about Conor McGregor. He’s just one of these guys. The reason he has so much success, other than when he goes in he wins fights, and wins fight impressively; he really is the guy who is willing to fight anybody, anywhere, anytime.” said UFC president Dana White while appearing on UFC Tonight.

McGregor intends to fight Mayweather on Aug. 26 and then defend his UFC 155-pound title this year, according to White.

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“He’s so pumped for this fight (against Mayweather). He’s telling me how he’s going to knock Floyd Mayweather out. And he wants to turn right around again after this fight and fight again this year,” said White.

“(Conor) wants to fight Floyd Mayweather on Aug. 26, and he wants to defend his (UFC) title this year too. So he’ll fight twice this year.”

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  • AR_Hacker

    don’t care, 60/40 he never defends the title. All about the money for McGregor not the sport

    • Sir_Roy

      While I get what you’re saying, and why you’re saying it, I don’t think it’s well thought out overall.

      They’re not out saving starving children in Africa bro. Doesn’t have to be about the job (or the “sport” if you will). Of course it’s all about the paycheck. Happily fighter’s get to have their cake and eat it too. At least the successful ones do. They get to make their paycheck doing what they love; competing and fighting.

      This is one of those “don’t blame the player, blame the game” type scenarios. If a title defense banked Conor as much mula, he’d say screw you Mayweather and defend that belt bro. Fact is, it won’t so you can’t blame anyone for going to greener pastures …

      Stop paying any athlete well, in every sport, and see how long they’ll keep performing for our entertainment. Doesn’t mean they don’t love their sport. No one’s going to give these fighters handouts. They have to go get it. Good on Conor for going for gold. I can only wish more of these fighters got themselves similar paychecks.

      • AR_Hacker

        I completely understand, but regardless of my opinion on CM, he is the face of MMA right now, good or bad. I just think his opinion of fighting only for money, not because he loves the sport, is exactly why I don’t watch most of the other professional sports. Obviously if some dumb promoter wants to promote this freakshow match, then so be it, but UFC has failed miserably on promoting stars that seem to love the sport. I felt like Liddell, Couture, Gracie loved the sport, only close right now in my opinion is Miopic and DJ, but they are not promoted.

        • deepgrim

          conor obviously loves the sport too, he dropped out of his job to train in martial arts and was broke for years while he did it, but he loves the money too.

          • AR_Hacker

            can’t disagree with you there, but appears love of money trumps sport, currently

        • Sir_Roy

          Liddell, Couture and Gracie were all highly “promotable” fighters (felt like making up a word). They had that “X” factor. DJ and Miopic, not so much. You cannot give a fighter the gift of charisma and public appeal solely by promoting them (it helps of course, but it won’t make someone a superstar without charisma). They either have it, or they don’t. Dana was not wrong by stating that he had a whole TUF season with the core purpose of promoting DJ. Nothin doin.

          I think every fighter who steps into the Cage has got to be behind what they’re doing. There has to be a love of the sport. If they were not animated by the fight game, they would not last. The fact they fight for money does not erase that.

          • Shocked_n_Awed

            I’m on the Sir_Roy train. 🙂

    • Shocked_n_Awed

      I agree with Sir_Roy below on his points, but I also agree with your assertion of McGregor not defending a belt.

      I tend to think Dana’s clinging to a whole lotta hope on McGregor defending either strap this year or next. Unless of course, that’s what Conor wants to do, but he’s going to have to believe it’s a match-up worthy of him.

      My guess? He’s throw himself into the Welterweight title conversation.

      I don’t think it’s got much to do with his lack of desire of love of the sport; he just isn’t looking at things through the eyes of us fans, which is why we tend to think he’s just screwing everything up. I do think they should be stripping him of the lower-weight titles as he progresses, I don’t think hijacking a weight class is cool. 🙂

  • Darin

    You know how it goes with Dana’s predictions: If Dana says it will happen, you can take it to the bank that it will not happen.

    When he loses to FM will he stubbornly insist on a rematch?

    • Axekick

      No he won’t want a rematch and it wouldn’t matter because it is going to be such a lopsided mismatch that nobody would pay for one.

      McGregor likely will never fight again. Dana White and Conor himself have overhyped him to the point of ridiculousness. He will collect his $100,000,000 and call it a career.

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