White Calls BS on 50-80% Split Claims

Conor McGregor is on hiatus from the UFC for several reasons — one of those being that he’s looking into a superfight with Floyd Mayweather in a boxing ring. With a meeting with the UFC’s owners also on his demands, it’s assumed a lot of negotiating on McGregor’s part would be needed for this fight to happen.

According to a report from Forbes, the UFC lightweight champion would need to give 50-80 percent of his purse from the superfight to the UFC. And this did not go unnoticed by UFC President Dana White, as he mentioned this during the UFC 210 post-fight press conference (starts at 22:32).

In the report, boxing promoter Bob Arum claims that the UFC proposed a 50-50 even split with its star fighter.

"I think the only impediment [to the fight] is the UFC, because the UFC doesn’t treat fighters the same way that boxing promoters do,” Arum said. "In other words, UFC fighters get so much less than boxers do. They proposed a deal to Conor that on his share of the purse they take 50 percent."

The higher percentage demand claim comes from quite the unpredictable source — Jeff Mayweather, the uncle of Floyd. The older Mayweather claimed he had "inside information" on a different split offered to McGregor by White.

"Last I heard, Conor McGregor has to take a horrendous split: 80 to 20 percent,” Jeff Mayweather said. "[McGregor] would have to take 20 percent, if he’s allowed to fight. And the one thing is that Dana’s his boss. He’ll still make more money than he ever did, but at the same time … that’s a very tough pill to swallow."

The claims from both men caused White to lash out at them during the UFC 210 post-fight presser.

"What I would like to clarify is all the [expletive] about the 80 [expletive] 20 split," White said. "Jeff Mayweather? Come on, Jeff. Me and Jeff go way back. Jeff, are you spokesman now for [expletive] Team Mayweather? And Bob Arum? You piece of [expletive]? [Expletive] you too." What do they know about this fight? You know what they know about this fight? Nothing.

White claims he and McGregor are still on good terms, and that the McGregor-Mayweather fight could happen.

"Believe me, we’ve had preliminary talks with Conor, and I’m in a good place with Conor, and we’re gonna meet in New York when he has his baby," White said.

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