While a press scrum with UFC president Dana White may be less frequent than before, they do still provide the occasional bombshell.
Speaking to an assembled media at UFC headquarters in Las Vegas, White revealed: ““Conor might never fight again.”
“The guy’s got $100 f*****g million. I’ve got guys that made less than that and were lawyers and went to school their whole life and quit working,” White continued.
“Fighting’s the worst. Try to get up and get punched in the face every day when you’ve got $100 million in the bank. Money changes everything with a lot of people.”
White would go on to concede that he is trying to get McGregor to sign a new contract with the promotion but would not part with shares of the UFC as McGregor has suggested in the past.
With McGregor’s future up in the air, however, White did shut down interim lightweight champion Tony Ferguson’s demands for ‘The Notorious One’ to “defend or vacate” his title.
“Ferguson has no business to talk about anything,” White said of one of his promotion’s champions. “Listen, we ain’t taking any direction from Ferguson. With him, it’s not about defend or vacate. We’re working on a new deal right now. We’ve got to work out this new deal.”