The octagon is set to lose one of its biggest names if the latest comments from UFC President Dana White is to be believed.
“Conor might never fight again,” White told reporters on Tuesday at UFC headquarters. “The guy’s got $100 fucking million. I’ve got guys that made less than that and were lawyers and went to school their whole life and quit working.”
Whilst White’s sensational claim makes logical sense, it also appears to be a likely closure for McGregor’s career given the 29-year-old Irishman hasn’t fought for a UFC promotion since being crowned the lightweight champion against Eddie Alvarez back in November 2016.
Nonetheless, White hopes that he’s wrong and McGregor’s team can come up with a figure which will see him return to the octagon. He did however draw the line at offering the father of one a share of equity in the company.
“Did (Michael) Jordan get points?” White asked reporters.
“These guys make money and that’s it. Conor can’t be paid enough money. Conor’s worth every penny and more.”
It’s White’s final statement however that is probably the most honest and reflective of the fight business.
“Fighting’s the worst,” White said. “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.”
You can watch the interview of White discussing McGregor’s future below.