‘This is a High Pressure, High Stakes Business’- Conor McGregor Showers Praises on Dana White

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January 15, 2021 11:03 am

The biggest pay-per-view draw in the UFC, Conor McGregor, makes his return at UFC 257 on Fight Island. Never has someone truly taken the UFC to new global heights like the Irishman has done in his time with the promotion. McGregor holds almost all the top UFC PPVs of all time, and the UFC always benefits every time he steps into the octagon.

LAS VEGAS, NV – AUGUST 23: UFC President Dana White attends a news conference for the bout between boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. and UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor at the KA Theatre at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino on August 23, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Mayweather and McGregor will meet in a super welterweight boxing match at T-Mobile Arena on August 26 in Las Vegas. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

McGregor will headline the first pay-per-view for the promotion in the new year, just like he did in 2020. He returns after having only fought once in 2020, majorly due to COVID-19 and partly because of a falling out with the UFC president Dana White.

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Conor McGregor and Dana White

The two have not always seen eye to eye in their business dealings in the promotion, but they have always had immense respect for each other. McGregor has been sitting down with MMA media ahead of his rematch with fellow lightweight contender Dustin Poirier.

When asked by the team from TheMacLife about his dealing with the UFC President leading up to McGregor accepting the fight, Conor said, “Me and Dana have always had an amazing relationship, you know, more than a fighter-promoter. I have a lot of respect for Dana. What he’s done in 2020 was nothing short of outstanding and I’ve commended him on that and I do commend him on that.”

High Pressure, High Stakes Business

‘The Notorious One’ did acknowledge the issues between him and White, but would explain that it was only business and not personal. McGregor continued, “There were pockets in the year where we were at loggerheads if you will, but you know this is a high pressure, high stakes business. When you’ve got an Irish man looking for a fight, you better give him one so or it maybe you that’s involved in the fight.”

NEW YORK, NY – JULY 13: Conor McGregor speaks during the Floyd Mayweather Jr. v Conor McGregor World Press Tour event at Barclays Center on July 13, 2017 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Mike Lawrie/Getty Images)

Conor said that’s all in the past and he’s only looking towards the future. He concluded, “All is good, we hashed it out, and we said our piece. We’re in a great spot now and I’m very excited to come back here for the company and kick-start it in a major way.”

McGregor believes that he is as focused as ever ahead of his fight with Dustin Poirier. Even UFC president Dana White has expressed his delight in the commitment levels the former champion has displayed. The winner of the fight will be the #1 contender for the UFC lightweight title depending on champion Khabib Nurmagomedov’s future.

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Keith Dsouza

Keith D'Souza is part of the Essentially Sports MMA writing team. Having followed the sport since 2013, some of his favorite fighters include Max Holloway, Khabib Nurmagomedov, Conor McGregor, and Johny Hendricks. Keith also runs PureMMAIndia, a brand that promotes MMA over social media which aims at growing the sport in India. Besides MMA, Keith is also well versed in Formula 1.

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