Conor McGregor and the UFC are looking to bury the hatchet as both camps are set to have dinner next week to patch things up, Dana White reveals.
The president of the mixed martial arts promotional company recently made a visit to “The Dan Patrick Show” as rpeorted by MMA Junkie and talked about their current relationship with the Irish professional fighter.
“Conor and I have been talking every day,” he said. “We’re going to have dinner next week. Our relationship is great, and we’re going to put the little speed bump in the road that happened there behind us and move forward. So everything is great.”
Last month, everyone was shocked when the rift between the UFC and McGregor broke out. McGregor was unable to attend one of the press junkets for his supposed rematch with Nate Diaz in UFC 200, which White did not take lightly. He then pulled out “Mystic Mac” from the bout and barred him from the event. To make matters more complicated, McGregor retaliated by retiring, un-retiring, and then starting his tirade against the UFC.
Fortunately, it looks like everything is getting back on track as White further detailed that McGregor vs Diaz will still push forward. The only caveat is that it will not be done as previously scheduled as despite being open to a reconciliation, White is still adamant about McGregor not being in the July event. When pressed if it could happen at UFC 202 instead, White continued to be cagey and refused to give any information regarding the rematch.
Despite this, the 46-year-old promoter has arguably softened up on “Mystic Mac,” which is reminiscent of his fondness over McGregor before the whole scandal blew up.
“The thing that has made Conor McGregor a massive star and why people love him… this kid loves to fight. He’ll fight anyone, anywhere, anytime. He goes in and goes for broke . His fights are exciting and fun leading up to them, during them, and after them. McGregor is ready to fight,” White said.