UFC president Dana White is expecting to meet with Conor McGregor in the coming weeks as he revealed he doesn’t believe the Irishman’s second retirement announcement.
McGregor had announced that he would be retiring from MMA over a week ago but comparisons were immediately made with a similar statement by the former two-weight champion in 2016. McGregor would go on to fight within months of his decision to ‘retire young’ over two years ago and Dana White has since admitted he believes his latest retirement to be a negotiating tactic.
“No [I don’t believe he’s retired],” White said in an interview with Las Vegas Channel 8. “I think that there’s some things that Conor wants and I think that Conor wants to get together face to face, he and I, and we probably will in the next couple of weeks and we’ll get this thing figured out.”
White would then be posed the hypothesis that McGregor’s retirement was more to do with ‘money and respect’ which the UFC president expanded upon.
“Listen, who gets respected more than Conor McGregor does? Come on,” White continued. “The guy’s never been disrespected, definitely not by me. And he’s got a lot of money too. But he’s stuck on this thing where he wants a piece of the ownership and that’s just… if you look at basketball, Michael Jordan didn’t own a piece of the league, and the list goes on and on. Is Conor very valuable to the sport and to the brand, the UFC? Of course, he is. That’s a tough one, but I think there’s other ways that we can make him happy.”