UFC President Dana White told The Jim Rome Show on Thursday he would not stop a Conor McGregor-Floyd Mayweather super fight. White acknowledged that it would be easier to book the current lightweight champion McGregor against the winner of Saturday night’s UFC 209 fight between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson, but said he would never step in the way of the payday the Irishmen would get if he were to take on the 49-0 Mayweather.
“I would never stop a guy from an opportunity like the Floyd Mayweather thing. To make that kind of money, that’s life changing money for him and his family,” White said. “If I could make that fight, I will, but there’s a lot of different egos involved and it would be a lot easier to make the Khabib fight. And it would make a lot more sense for me and my business to make the Khabib fight.”
White said McGregor vs. Mayweather is not only a fight people would love to see, but he believes the Irishmen has a real shot at beating the older boxer.
“I’m not saying whether Conor is going to win or lose this fight, and obviously I’m completely bias because he’s my guy, but when you look at it, Floyd’s 40-years-old, Conor is 27,” White said. “If you’ve ever met Floyd Mayweather in real life, he’s tiny, tiny, tiny.
“Conor will be so much bigger than him. Floyd Mayweather has problems with southpaws, Conor is a southpaw. Conor is a knockout artist, when he touches people, people go, and I promise you, he will touch Floyd in this fight. All of those things make this fight very interesting.”
As for whether or not White would have concerns that McGregor would make so much money in a Mayweather fight that he walk away from his UFC promotion for good, the president was honest.
“Absolutely. That’s definitely a possibility,” White said. “But when you look at somebody else as a human being, as a friend, and someone you care about, you really can’t look at that. The guy has the opportunity to make crazy amounts of money and change his life and his families, and he’s having a baby. Just because I have a contract that I would hold the guy from something like that.
“But on the flip side, you’re dealing with so many different egos and so many different companies and variables, I just don’t know if the fight can be made.”