‘Notorious’ McGregor tells ESPN he’s in a good place with UFC
Ireland’s mixed martial arts star Conor McGregor, 27, appears to have settled his differences with the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).
The fighter adopted a conciliatory tone after meeting UFC’s president and CEO Dana White and Lorenzo Fertitta on Wednesday night at Montage Beverly Hills.
“(It was a) good conversation like it always is…we have a good relationship. It is what it is. It happens. This is the fight game. Sometimes emotions get into it. But it’s important to recognize that emotions have no place in business. That’s essentially what it was last night. We just set it aside. There’s no place for emotions in this. We are doing beautiful things. So let’s continue. Let’s fix it and let’s continue,” said McGregor.
McGregor who has threatened to retire from fighting then changed his mind was pulled off the UFC 200 card last month, because he refused to go to Las Vegas for a three-city media junket as he did not want to break training.
He said he offered to do one city and more media appearances and interviews a few weeks later.
There has been no confirmation of a planned rematch with Nate Diaz who beat McGregor in March fighting at welterweight level at UFC 196. McGregor is the UFC’s featherweight champion.
Meanwhile McGregor and Floyd Mayweather Jr have been stoking up speculation about fighting each other in a boxing match. Reports suggest that Mayweather is proposing a New Year’s Eve fight in Vegas with a $50 million offer on the table for McGregor.
However this amount is said to be too low to turn heads, as according to TMZ.com “in 3 critical Pay-Per-View markets — Europe, Australia and Canada — Conor is a bigger star than Floyd”.
There has been no confirmation from any of the supervising sports bodies.