Twenty-four hours out from the highly anticipated Conor McGregor vs. Floyd Mayweather fight, UFC President Dan White joined The Jim Rome Show on CBS Sports Radio and shared his thoughts on how his lightweight UFC champion, McGregor, can beat arguably the greatest boxer of all time, the 40-year-old Mayweather.
“Conor is the younger, bigger, stronger man in this fight. He needs to get in there, move forward, rough Floyd up, and catch him with those hard punches,” White said. “Conor is extremely confident right now. When I saw him the other day and yesterday he just said, ‘I feel amazing, I feel great. I’m going to rip right through this guy.”
White shared his thoughts on what will happen if McGregor, who is the massive underdog, were to win the fight.
“If he knocks out Floyd Mayweather on Saturday night, he’s gonna be the biggest star on Earth,” White said. “Forget about MMA and sports, in anything. He’s going to be the biggest star on the planet.
“Conor McGregor makes a lot of money. He deserves it. I have no problem cutting deals and paying people who are worth it.”
Earlier this week, another one of White’s UFC stars, Jon Jones, was also in the national headlines, but for all the wrong reasons. The news of Jones failing a drug test for anabolic steroids ahead of his championship win over Daniel Cormier at UFC 214 last month in Anaheim. What happens to Jones next, White says, is out of his hands.
“USADA, United States Anti-Doping Association and the California State Athletic Commission are going to be figuring out what’s going to happen with Jon Jones next,” White said. The UFC President is still struggling to understand why the 30-year-old fighter would use a performance enhancer.
“Jon Jones is one of the greatest athletes I’ve ever come across, he doesn’t need that stuff. He doesn’t need to use it, that’s the saddest part and the craziest part, it’s terrible.”
Jones is obviously afforded his due process over the test, but White didn’t have much confidence the positive test would be overturned.
“When you deal with a WADA lab and the USADA crew, they don’t come out and say somebody tested positive, and it wasn’t like there was trace amounts, I don’t think,” White said. “I think it was pretty heavy.”