Dana White Thinks McGregor Tried Stealing Adesanya’s Thunder

UFC President Dana White is of the belief that Conor McGregor wanted to take away from Israel Adesanya’s momentum.

Adesanya is coming off a one-sided TKO victory over Paulo Costa at UFC 253. “The Last Stylebender” made his second successful UFC Middleweight Title defense with the win. The victory also improved Adesanya’s pro MMA record to 20-0 with 15 of those wins coming by way of knockout or TKO.

McGregor had gotten the combat sports world buzzing by claiming he’d be fighting Manny Pacquiao in the Middle East. He then called for an exhibition MMA bout with Dustin Poirier for charity. Speaking to Sports Illustrated, White said he feels McGregor tried to undermine Adesanya’s fight with Costa.

“This was a weird one. This was weirder and different than anything he’s done before. There’s almost a pattern here. When we’re about to do a massive fight—and Israel Adesanya broke a ton of records last week in a global, massive fight—the day before that fight, he starts announcing he’s going to fight this guy and that guy. It’s almost like stealing Adesanya’s thunder. But he does it every time there’s a big fight.”

Things haven’t exactly been rosy between White and McGregor as of late. White wasn’t happy with the fact that McGregor leaked private messages between the two on potential plans for the future. McGregor fired back by saying that the UFC boss broke a code when he claimed he was turning down fights.

McGregor hasn’t been inside the Octagon since January. He defeated Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone via TKO in just 40 seconds. McGregor had been mulling over having another fight in 2020 but he ultimately decided to retire. McGregor cited the lack of enticing fight offers as well as the UFC pushing back on his desires as the reasons for his exit.

Time will tell if cooler heads prevail.

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