Dana White and the UFC achieved global popularity with the emergence of Conor McGregor. McGregor’s ascent in the UFC coincided with the organization’s rise. His influence in Europe was significant, and his fight against Khabib Nurmagomedov helped popularize the sport in the Middle East.
In a recent interview with Piers Morgan, Dana White discussed various UFC-related topics and other subjects. Morgan, known for his conservative views, aligned with White on several matters. White also addressed the controversial incident involving him and his wife, where they were seen slapping each other.
Former UFC president believes money changed McGregor
The question of Conor McGregor follows White wherever he goes. White in his humble opinion insinuated that the Irishman has changed after making a lot of money with fighting and business outside.
White now holds the position of CEO at the UFC, as his former role as President of the UFC became obsolete after the merger with WWE. This merger led to the creation of the CEO position for Dana White. It’s important to note that the change in title didn’t alter the authority and responsibilities White had as the UFC President.
McGregor, one of the highest-paid athletes, also participated in a boxing match against Floyd Mayweather Jr. This crossover fight became one of the year’s biggest pay-per-view events. Following his success in boxing, McGregor ventured into the whiskey business with “Proper 12,” which eventually sold for millions of dollars.
Dana was asked about McGregor’s potential return by Morgan to which White provided that the Irishman would be back by early 2024. McGregor’s recent business success saw him enter into the beer business with “Forged Irish Stout”. White, who has seen many superstars come and go, has seen what money does to people.
White gives potential return timeline for McGregor
Conor McGregor has been out of action since he broke his leg in his trilogy fight with Dustin Poirier. McGregor was recently seen coaching against Michael Chandler at TUF 31.
Dana White clarified in his interview with Piers Morgan that the fans can expect McGregor back inside the octagon by early 2024. McGregor’s current layoff due to injury is longer than the layoff he took after fighting Floyd Mayweather Jr in the boxing ring.
With McGregor missing from action, the UFC has found pay-per-view stars in Israel Adesanya, Alexander Volkanovski, and Khamzat Chimaev. By winning the bantamweight title at UFC 292, Sean O’Malley also entered the fray as a superstar. Do you think Conor McGregor has the drive to become champion again? Comment below!