Espinoza Responds to White, McGregor

Showtime head executive Stephen Espinoza is quite heated with UFC President Dana White and UFC Lightweight Champion Conor McGregor, and it’s all over the pay-per-view numbers.

In a press release, Showtime stated that the August 2017 Money Fight between McGregor and boxing icon Floyd Mayweather saw approximately 4.3 million pay-per-view buys. This was despite a claim by White that the pay-per-view saw about 6.7 million buys.

That obviously did not sit well with the UFC representatives. White blasted Espinoza and stated that he and the UFC would never work with Showtime again; meanwhile, McGregor referred to Espinoza on Twitter as a “weasel.”

In a recent interview with Sirius XM, Espinoza defended the release from Showtime.

“Dana has got a certain style and it’s very successful for him,” Espinoza said. “The one thing I’ll point out — I don’t want to get too much into a back and forth — but we’re a public company and there are regulations, there are legal requirements.

We can’t put out press releases giving fake numbers. We have shareholders. We have millions of shareholders.

Espinoza added that despite White’s statement on the future between the UFC and Showtime, he would be welcoming to the MMA promotion and would be more than up for another crossover superfight.

If fight fans say they want to see another [UFC vs. boxing matchup], who am I to say, ‘Nope, I don’t like the guy across the table, so you’re not gonna see it.’ That’s one of the things that’s been wrong with combat sports and boxing in particular in the past.

As for McGregor’s personal comments on him, Espinoza isn’t worried about that. He feels it’s just McGregor being who he is.

That’s Conor. You go through his feed and he goes at opponents like that, he goes at business people like that. He goes at referees like that sometimes. That’s him. 

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