The Conor McGregor saga is a never-ending one, isn’t it?
Which saga, you ask? All of them, but the latest chapter has McGregor at odds with UFC president Dana White once more and the boss isn’t happy with how the Irishman has conducted himself.
The first-ever double champion in UFC history released his private DMs with White to show he had been trying to get fights with the promotion, namely with Diego Sanchez at an L.A. show earlier this summer.
White asserted that McGregor had broken a ‘man code’ by doing that and he also claimed to have no idea about the potential boxing match between McGregor and Manny Pacquiao.
The Irishman has hit back at both of those claims in a matter of hours.
“Code was broke when you lied about me turning down fights, mate.
“I said Justin [Gaethje] in May and you went and said I did not want to fight. It’s not about Diego. Diego was a filler to get more fights in.
“Also you have been involved in Manny talks the legal letters are there. Stop lying.”
Regarding the Sanchez request, which McGregor also mentions in the tweet, the legendary fighter is 39 at the end of this year and lost at UFC 253 to Jake Matthews via decision.
As respected as he is, it’s hardly the kind of match UFC would have in mind for him and one could forgive White for not being interested.
Speaking after UFC 253 where Israel Adesanya retained his middleweight belt, White talked about Notorious’ request and why he didn’t sanction it.
“When you are the number 2 or 3 ranked guy in the world, and you’re telling me that you want to fight unranked 39-year-old Diego Sanchez in the main event of Los Angeles. Well…”
But, McGregor is not to be deterred.
The 32-year-old tweeted this morning: “I am still interested in a fight with you somewhere down the line Diego Sanchez.
“A true warrior and pioneer of this sport. It would be my honour!
“Some journalists and promoters and their lack of respect for what the fighters put into this game make me sick. Things must change!”
It’s fair to say McGregor’s mentions were flooded with people saying they would not pay to see such a fight.
Considering how much it costs to get McGregor in the octagon, White, quite rightly, wants to maximise the profit when he does use him.
Fighting Sanchez with no gate receipts doesn’t sound too appetising from a business perspective, does it?
From McGregor’s perspective, he may well just be trying to get Sanchez the big payday his fantastic career deserves and send him off into retirement. White obviously doesn’t buy into that sentiment, though.
McGregor is pivoting back to boxing and facing Manny Pacquiao next. He does say he intends to compete in MMA again at some stage though.