White: I’d Rather Conor Stay In MMA
UFC president Dana White liked what he saw from UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor on Saturday night. With no previous professional boxing experience, McGregor lasted into the 10th round against Floyd Mayweather Jr., before losing via TKO.
“I’m so proud of Conor tonight,” White said at the evening’s press conference.
“It’s not the fight I thought it would be, it was a completely different fight than I expected. When you get into professional boxing, you guys know, you start four rounds, you go six rounds. He went 10 rounds tonight with arguably the greatest to ever do it.”
But White made something else equally clear at Las Vegas’ T-Mobile Arena — he doesn’t want to see McGregor step into the squared circle again any time soon.
“He’s a mixed martial artist where he goes in and he fights and he uses all of his weapons, and tonight he was only allowed use his hands. I think he did great tonight, I don’t think there’s anything else left to prove. I would rather he fight in mixed martial arts.”
UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic has already angled for a bout with boxing counterpart Anthony Joshua. While the UFC made special provisions contractually to allow McGregor the ability to fight Mayweather, White doesn’t sound in a hurry to do it again.
“I don’t even want to talk about my other guys in a boxing match,” White said. “This one was these two big superstars, this thing built from the bottom up from the fans to the media and then up to us when we even started remotely considering something like this. It was a special event and a rare event. I’m not looking to do this again.”
White also said that while he visited with McGregor in the dressing room after the fight, Saturday night wasn’t the time to talk about McGregor’s next move.
“We’re not talking about fighting tonight,” White said. “He put on a great performance. We’re not talking about fighting. You know how he is. When he’s ready, he’ll let me know.”