UFC President Dana White attended a media luncheon today where he addressed headlines circulating regarding the organization’s lightweight champion Conor McGregor.
Rumors have been floating around that Mystic Mac was involved in a bar fight recently with Irish mobsters. Talks of a $900,000 demand in exchange for McGregor’s life soon followed.
“I don’t think it’s true,” White said. “Because if it was true, it would be big. Conor can walk down the street and it’s big news now. If this were true, I just have to believe it would be off-the-charts crazy.
“If it’s true, we’ll end up finding out. I can’t chase all these things around. If it’s true, we’ll get it figured out and we’ll go from there.”
Aside from the alleged fight with mobsters, McGregor made headlines in prior weeks when he went after referee Marc Goddard at a Bellator event in Dublin.
White said McGregor is under the sanctioning of Association of Boxing Commissions and Combative Sports (ABC) president Mike Mazzulli, which was the lead regulator the day that McGregor went wild.
“He was being dealt with by the head of the ABC,” White said. “We were gonna fight him, regardless of what [McGregor’s manager] Audie [Attar] says, we were working on a fight for him at the end of the year. And he’s just not ready. Listen … Conor might never fight again. The guy’s got a f*cking hundred million dollars.
“These guys make money and that’s it. Fighting is 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 for a lot of people.”
White said he will not be speaking with McGregor about his recent activity. It’s something that he will have to figure out on his own White said.