Ultimate Fighting Championship president Dana White is not going to stand in the way of Conor McGregor’s date with history. If anything, White is trying to help further McGregor’s cause of fighting one of the most recognizable figures in combat sports, boxing champion Floyd Mayweather.
After defeating Eddie Alvarez to become the UFC lightweight champion and first-ever simultaneous two-division champion back in November, McGregor let it be known that he wants big-money fights, and that includes taking on the undefeated Mayweather, a 40-year old multi-time, multi-division boxing champion.
“I see this fight happening,” White said after UFC 210 in Buffalo Saturday night. “I see this fight happening. Conor wants it and Floyd wants it. I’ve said many times, ‘Conor’s done a lot. He’s stepped up in big fights for this company and for me and for Lorenzo. I can’t deny him this fight.’”
Last November, McGregor came to Madison Square Garden looking to make history and become the first simultaneous two-division champion in the UFC, and that is exactly what he did.
Courtesy of a knockout of Alvarez in the main event of UFC 205 in New York City, McGregor added the UFC lightweight championship to his resume, going along with the featherweight title he won in December of 2015.
“After Conor has his baby, we’re going to meet in New York, and then, we’ll go from there,” White said.
While taking a right-handed punch from Alvarez, McGregor fired off a powerful left hand that landed on the side of the defending champion’s face. McGregor followed it up with a right hand to Alvarez’s jaw, a left to the ear and another right that eventually floored his opponent.
Once Alvarez was on the mat, McGregor landed two left-handed punches, and that forced referee “Big” John McCarthy to call a stop to the bout at the 1:52 mark of the second round.
According to FightMetric, McGregor landed 40 of his 93 strikes, 32 of which were significant. Conversely, Alvarez landed only 12 strikes on McGregor. Also, he was unsuccessful with all three of his takedown attempts.
“The longer it takes for us to come to an agreement, I think the longer it’s going to take with the Mayweather team because I know all of the talk of the A-side and B-side stuff,” White said. “Listen, of course everything I say is going to come off biased because he’s my guy, but you guys judge. Is Conor McGregor not a massive star?
“This fight here, Floyd doesn’t make this kind of money either without Conor, so Conor is just as important as Floyd when it comes to this fight, not to mention the fact that Conor’s actually stepping in and boxing him and not saying, ‘Hey, let’s fight in mixed martial arts.’”