Dana White has been unequivocal to the Floyd Mayweather camp concerning the potential for a repeat of the big money Conor McGregor/Mayweather type-fight back in 2017.
This time between Mayweather and McGregor’s nemesis Khabib Nurmagomedov.
Whilst Mayweather has been heard to be 70% certain a deal will be done to box - resulting in a nine-figure pay day for the boxing champion – White was clear at a meeting in Beverly Hills over the weekend that it would be the Octagon or no show.
White was quick to respond to questions concerning the possible deal, stating: “Listen. If Mayweather wants to fight, come fight. You fight in the UFC. We’re not boxing again. We did that once. That’s over.”
Although the 2017 McGregor/Mayweather bout recorded as the second highest pay-per-view fight of all time, White is obviously not up for it.
At least not in that format, repeating: “You wanna fight, come fight. A real fight."
Mayweather has previously indicated that he was already in training for an MMA fight, but did not appear to have stuck at it, despite offers of personal assistance from UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley.
Woodley believes that one more comeback for the undefeated champion would see Mayweather succeed in MMA and the Octagon, despite being an entirely different fight style in which the boxer would need to learn some quick groundwork.
Concerning Khabib and his next in line, White went on to say: “Tony Ferguson is the right fight … It’s the fight to make.”
But, this depends on December’s review of the McGregor/Nurmagomedov debacle by the Nevada State Athletic Commission.
White also cautiously confirmed rumours that he had one eye on big boxing promotion.
“Yeah. Yeah. We’re getting into boxing 100%, for sure. I’m not diving in head first. I’m dipping my toe in.”