Give him another couple of weeks, Dana; he will fight when he needs the money.
That is our advice to Dana White, the UFC honcho who has resorted to threats to encourage his marquee, Conor McGregor, to come back to the UFC octagon.
McGregor hauled in something in the vicinity of $US 100 million for fighting Floyd Mayweather in Las Vegas in August of 2017, so the vociferous Irishman may be running low on funds.
White is posturing and issuing threats to strip McGregor of his lightweight crown if McGregor sticks to his guns and does not engage in a UFC bout before August or September of 2018.
Given his spending habits, McGregor will be broke well ahead of then, possibly as soon as April, so let there be no doubt that he is searching out a source of fresh revenue.
Now that he has tasted the big-time, however, it is hard to see him accepting to take on one of the crop of dangerous UFC lightweights for some paltry sum of $5 million.
White has told Yahoo Sports writer Kevin Iole that interim 155-pound champion Tony Ferguson would meet top contender Khabib Nurmagomedov. The winner would get the shot at the belt against McGregor, but only if McGregor moves his timetable up to suit White’s agenda.
“As long as Conor is willing to fight by March, we could do Khabib versus Tony and then the winner fights Conor for the title,” White said. “Of, if Conor wants to sit out until next fall, then we’d have to make Khabib versus Tony for the title, not the interim title,” White told Iole.
White expressed much the same view, as did we. He expects McGregor to need to top up his bank account sooner, rather than later.
“Conor’s a very smart guy, he gets what happened in the Floyd fight. Those are f***ing unicorns, those kinds of fights. And I’ve never been afraid to pay Conor McGregor money, Conor brings the money in,” White said.