“How Much Money Have You Got in Your Pocket” – Struggling Conor McGregor Had No Answers for $500M Worth UFC President Dana White, Who Walked Off on Him 18-Years Ago

Published 09/24/2022, 1:00 PM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NV – AUGUST 12: UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor trains during an open workout at his gym on August 12, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. McGregor is scheduled to fight Nate Diaz in a welterweight rematch at UFC 202: Diaz vs. McGregor 2 on August 20, 2016 in Las Vegas. (Photo by Isaac Brekken/Getty Images)

Conor McGregor is one of the biggest names in UFC history. The Irish MMA fighter’s charisma transcends the Octagon ring. The ‘Notorious’ can pull main events himself and is inarguably the biggest selling MMA star in the world.

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In a 2014 interview with ESPN, Conor McGregor revealed the details of the first interaction he had with UFC President Dana White.

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One couldn’t have predicted at that point in time that this interaction would culminate in such a close and successful friendship.

Conor McGregor reveals his first interaction with Dana White

Dana White and the former UFC champ share a close relationship today and have often praised each other in public.

Talking about the time he first met White, the Irishman said, ” When I was 16 years old, I was at my first UFC event as a fan. After the event, Dana stays and takes pictures with the fans. I ran down to the railings and I seen Dana and I was like, ‘Dana, Dana.'”

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – JULY 09: Conor McGregor speaks with UFC President Dana White during a ceremonial weigh in for UFC 264 at T-Mobile Arena on July 09, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

He detailed the incident further and commented, “He looked at me… ‘How much money have you got in your pocket right now this second?’ He looked at me with like a weird face and then just kind of walked off.”

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After that, McGregor added, “So, I don’t think he liked that too much, but it was fun. I was just a little kid dreaming of the big time.”

While the Irish fighter was only 16-year-old, it’s not the kind of encounter he or White might prefer to remember.

Conor McGregor’s potential return

Since his UFC debut in 2013, the Notorious has gone on to have a successful career. The 34-year-old shared a fierce rivalry with UFC legend Nate Diaz. Also, the ‘Notorious’ locked horns with Khabib Nurmagomedov and then turned pro boxer to fight Floyd Mayweather.

McGregor is still recovering from his broken leg that snapped during his fight with Dustin Poirier at UFC 264. Currently, he stands with an MMA record of 22-6.

NEW YORK, NY – NOVEMBER 09: UFC featherweight champion Conor McGrregor of Ireland holds an open training session for the media and fans inside Madison Square Garden on November 9, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Brandon Magnus/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Internet speculations are that McGregor might return to fight the ‘Money’ in 2023. McGregor, himself has cleared the air with a “not interested” post. However, McGregor himself has tweeted recently that he and Nate Diaz’s trilogy will reach its conclusion. Additionally, Nate Diaz also had confirmed the same before his last contractual UFC bout. Despite this, MMA fans are in limbo regarding the timeline of the trilogy fight.

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The Irishman is training hard to get into shape, and fans get a glimpse of his shredded body on his social media here and then.

Nobody can predict when the former two-division UFC champ will return to the Octagon or even the boxing ring, for that matter. But one can be sure that whenever he will fight, he’ll attract millions of eyeballs.

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Who is going to be his next opponent, Nate Diaz, Floyd Mayweather, or another MMA star on the rise? When do you expect ‘The Notorious’ to return to the Octagon? Let us know your opinion in the comments.

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Rohit Lohan

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Rohit Lohan is a UFC writer at EssentiallySports. After completing his undergraduate as a History major, he is currently pursuing LLB. Rohit is a big MMA fan and has been following UFC since 2017.

Edited By: Paras Pande

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