“It Kills Me to Do A Conor McGregor Fight Without Fans”- Dana White

Published 05/06/2020, 8:26 AM EDT


UFC is an international business and needs to involve its overseas fighters on fight cards. The company has set up a Fight Island to assist them in their goal. International Fighters, too, have been keen on stepping into the Octagon to treat their fans who are self-isolating amidst the coronavirus pandemic. One of these includes UFC’s biggest draw and top earner of all time, Conor McGregor. 

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Strutting onto Fight Island

‘Notorious’ has maintained his training regimen religiously over the last few months. Now, as per Express Sport and Daily Star Sport’s Chisanga Malata, White reveals that the Irishman is good to go. 

He said, “Conor’s been ready to fight for a while. He’s in shape, he’s ready to go.” 

The UFC President has constantly stressed on the importance of that Fight Island for non-United States fighters fights. However, he did express regret at possibly having to use ‘Notorious’ for an event on a beach where the only live audience will be the camera crew and essential Octagon side personnel. 

“It kills me to do a fight with Conor without fans. Kills me. This guy’s doing almost $20 million gates.”

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Earlier, in a chat with Dennis Bermudez, White, while discussing Jorge Masvidal, hinted at a BMF title defense against ‘Notorious.’ He also said that it is “another interesting fight.”

This implies that ‘Gamebred’ is being kept for a Welterweight Championship fight against Kamaru Usman. However, with the absence of top contenders for ‘Notorious’ in Lightweight, he could remain at Welterweight and fight the BMF Champion. 

‘Notorious’ has competed in the Octagon just twice since beating Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205 for the Featherweight belt. He has been vocal about making up for the lost time. Based on these comments, he certainly wouldn’t mind who is across him in the cage. 

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Do you see a Notorious-Gamebred clash as one of the biggest draws for Fight Island? Or will the BMF opt to stay fresh for ‘The Nigerian Nightmare?’ In such a scenario, who will be a worthy opponent for the first UFC fighter to simultaneously hold belts in 2 different weight classes? 

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Reubyn Coutinho is a Combat Sports editor at EssentiallySports with over 2 years of journalistic experience. Having earned his bachelor's degree in Mass Media with a specialization in Journalism from Xavier's College, Reubyn has interned with the sports desks at DNA and Times Now before joining EssentiallySports to further his passion for sports content. Reubyn has interviewed former UFC champions like 'Mighty Mouse' Demetrious Johnson and Miesha Tate.

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