After UFC President Dana White’s comments regarding Conor McGregor facing Diego Sanchez in the UFC 253 post-fight press conference, McGregor tweeted back in response.
‘Notorious’ had recently leaked his private conversation with White in his Instagram DMs, which included a conversation about the former wanting to fight the UFC veteran Sanchez after beating Donald Cerrone. Along with this, the chats showed pushing for a date in May.
When asked about the leaked conversations, Dana White didn’t seem too pleased with the idea. He also did not agree with McGregor wanting to fight an over-the-hill unranked Sanchez in a main-event.
Following White’s comments about Sanchez, many media outlets criticized ‘The Notorious’ for picking an easy opponent who was way past his prime. This caused McGregor to fire back with a tweet.
He said, “I am still interested in a fight with you somewhere down the line Diego Sanchez. A true warrior and pioneer of this sport. It would be my honour! Some journalists and promoters and their lack of respect for what the fighters put into this game make me sick. Things must change!”
Conor McGregor (22-4, 20 KOs) had his last fight against Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone in January 2020. He came back almost a year-long layoff to beat Cerrone in the first round via TKO. Sanchez has lost two of his last three fights, with the only win coming by DQ against Michael Pereira.
Although McGregor wants this fight to happen, the fans and the MMA community are not too thrilled about it. Sanchez fought in this Saturday night’s UFC 253 card, where he lost by unanimous decision.
With McGregor eyeing for a fight with an almost 40-year-old fighter who is on the verge of retirement, it makes little sense to many. There are a lot of top competitors in the lightweight division for him to fight, which would make for much more exciting match-ups.
A rematch with the former interim lightweight champion Dustin Poirier could be a great idea. Or a bout with another top lightweight, Tony Ferguson seems like a great option. Not only will it make sense for McGregor from a competitive standpoint, but it will excite the fans and bring in more box office revenue.
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