Dana White: Conor McGregor and I were in a bad place, good now
Late in September, former champ champ Conor McGregor tweeted screenshots of private text messages between he and Dana White about a potential fight with Diego Sanchez. In the tweets, it’s clear that White was not impressed with the fight, replying, “We should lose our license if we make that fight.” And White was not impressed that McGregor made the texts public.
“I mean everybody here knows, even the ladies, this is some man code stuff. It’s just something you don’t do,” White said at the UFC 253 post-fight press conference. “It’s one of the dirtiest things you can do.”
However, during a recent interview with Brett Okamoto for ESPN, White said the two were now on good terms.
“We were in a really bad place then,” said White. “I was really upset. It wasn’t because he put out private messages. It was we were talking about another fighter. I like Diego Sanchez a lot and I have a lot of respect for Diego Sanchez. I care about Diego Sanchez. I was very upset about that. I talked to Diego face-to-face about it. Being the great human being that he is, we’re all good. Then I was really, really upset with Conor.”
“Conor and I fixed that and we talked and we got through it. We’re in a good place now [at a personal level]. … Me and everybody are always in a good place as far as business goes.”
“There’s nothing more exciting or more fun than a motivated Conor McGregor when his head is in the right place. You can tell when he is, and you can tell when he isn’t. Right now, you can tell he’s in. … If something happens to Dustin Poirier, he is the Conor McGregor right now that does not give a s*** who we put in that fight on that night. He’s that guy right now.”
McGregor fights Dustin Poirier in the main event of UFC 257 on January 23 on Fight Island, Abu Dhabi. With a win, McGregor likely gets a title shot. Who that would be against is not known at present, with division champ Khabib Nurmagomedov saying he’s retired. White and “The Eagle” have a meeting on Fight Island to discuss what might be next.