This week, UFC president Dana White has told, now, former-UFC fighter Conor McGregor to 'forget' being handed part ownership of the UFC following his shock retirement from the sport.
McGregor took to Twitter yesterday to reveal that he will be walking away from the Octagon, which comes after losing to Khabib Nurmagomedov in dramatic fashion back in October.
Regarding the situation, White told TMZ Sports, per The Sun: “I was surprised. It came out of nowhere.
“A lot of people were speculating that it was posturing because of negotiations but we really haven’t been negotiating that hard.
“He sent me a text and he said ‘I feel like I should own a piece of the company,’ and I said 'Conor you know that’s never going to happen'.
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“Listen if you want to own a piece of the company, you have to put up the money to buy a piece of the company - that’s how it works.
“If you wanted to buy into the UFC right now, the valuation is pretty huge.
“I’ve never had a bad conversation with Conor McGregor since he’s been in the UFC. "
As mentioned previously, McGregor had plenty of unsettled business in the UFC.
Firstly, many fans anticipated a rematch between himself and Khabib, while the likes of Nate Diaz were also rumoured to be interested in fighting the Irishman.
Nonetheless, taking into consideration his fight against Floyd Mayweather and his multiple victories within the UFC, it's unlikely that McGregor will ever have to work a day in his life.
Despite this, 'The Notorious' has launched his own brand of whiskey called 'Proper No. Twelve Irish Whiskey', which is likely to maintain a healthy bank balance for the McGregor's for the foreseeable future.
Therefore, despite sending a typical egotistical McGregor-style text to Dana White, we can't imagine that the former two-division champion is that upset in losing out on a stake for the UFC, as far as Dana White is concerned.
McGregor was undoubtedly one of the biggest stars the UFC had to offer, however, the president believes the organisation can happily continue without 'The Notorious' and likened the situation to when Ronda Rousey made the switch to WWE.
White further added: “I’ve been hearing that one, when every star was coming up to the end of their career, people been saying that to me for 20 years.
“We’ve been the trailblazers in this business for the last 20 years and we’re going to be for the next 20 years too.
“The stuff that we’re working on is so huge, it’s amazing when we have stars like Georges St-Pierre, Anderson Silva, Conor McGregor and Ronda Rousey. But it’s part of sports - there will be others."
Nonetheless, with Conor at just 30 years old, there is still hope that he can make a dramatic return to the UFC.News Now - Sport News