Dana White explains what’s at stake for Conor McGregor at UFC 264
Dana White expects UFC 264 to large evening for his firm – but in addition for headliner Conor McGregor.
With all McGregor’s completed in his profession along with his titles and accolades, White thinks there’s nonetheless loads on the road for the Irishman, regardless of his achievements.
“Pay attention, Conor McGregor is a competitor,” White instructed MMA Junkie on Tuesday. “All you’ve acquired to do is look. The man has a ton of cash. He doesn’t have to struggle anymore. He needs to struggle. He’s a fighter to the core. What’s at stake is, sure, he needs to be again on prime. He goes in there and beats the No. 1 man on the earth, he’s in all probability going to get the subsequent title shot. The opposite factor Conor McGregor likes in all probability greater than competitors is cash. When he fights, he makes a sh*tload of cash. These are all nonetheless essential issues to him at this level in his life.”
Along with the two-fold equation of efficiency drive and cash, White says the winner of the UFC 264 predominant occasion between McGregor (22-5 MMA, 10-3 UFC) and Dustin Poirier (27-6 MMA, 20-6 UFC) will “one hundred pc” obtain the subsequent crack at light-weight champion Charles Oliveira.
Past a title shot ought to he win, White isn’t positive what different avenues the corporate will take with McGregor – however there are alternatives, together with the Nate Diaz trilogy.
“I don’t take into consideration something with Conor till after Saturday,” White stated. “Since you by no means know the place this child’s head is and what he’s pondering. He’s a fighter, man. I used to say about him on a regular basis, lots of people wish to criticize and this and that. I’ve been in the lounge. I’ve been on the cellphone after we’re standing in entrance of the child saying, ‘Your opponent fell out and blah, blah, blah.’
“I do know who Conor McGregor is on the struggle aspect. You may have a whole lot of guys who discuss a whole lot of sh*t publicly. Most of it’s not true. The factor is with Conor McGregor is that this man has at all times stepped up and been prepared to struggle anyone, anyplace, anytime. He’s extraordinarily rich. The query is, ‘How far more of this does he need?’ How hungry is he? We’ll discover out on Saturday evening. Win, lose, or draw, we’ll discover out in all probability a pair weeks after that what he needs to do subsequent.”
UFC 264 takes place Saturday at T-Cell Area in Las Vegas. The primary card streams on ESPN+ pay-per-view after prelims on ESPN/ESPN+.
Try the dialog with Dana White above and watch the total pre-UFC 264 interview with MMA Junkie’s John Morgan within the video under: