Dana White warns Conor McGregor against wasting his prime chasing big-money fights in boxing with UFC boss seeking ‘rematch with Khabib’ or ‘another go at lightweight title’ after Dustin Poirier clash
- Conor McGregor is always eyeing up massive fights in both MMA and boxing
- UFC president Dana White fears he will try to have another crossover bout
- White wants McGregor to focus on what he can do in the UFC for the next year
- He said: ‘If he wants to fight one of these boxing guys, do that next year’
Dana White has warned Conor McGregor against wasting his prime years chasing lucrative boxing crossover bouts rather than seeing what he can accomplish in the UFC.
The Irishman is fighting Dustin Poirier as the headline act of UFC 257 next weekend and White hopes it is the start of a run of match-ups for him inside the octagon.
Back in 2017, McGregor took time out to fight Floyd Mayweather and has previously talked up a fight with Manny Pacquiao. But he has been encouraged to stick to what he knows best and take advantage of his ability while he can.
Dana White has encouraged Conor McGregor to focus on MMA rather than boxing this year
The Irishman famously took time out for his crossover showdown with Floyd Mayweather
White told ESPN: ‘The way that this kid is right now mentally, physically, emotionally, I mean this kid is on and ready to fight.
‘I would love to see him focused on what he can do here at the UFC. Whether it’s take another shot at that title against Khabib [Nurmagomedov] or fight for the title against somebody else if Khabib retires and defend that title.
‘A boxing match with any of these guys, that stuff’s always going to be there. You are the absolute best in the world right now in MMA and the timing is right now. Not getting any younger.
‘I’d love to see him go for it here over the next year. If he wants to fight one of these boxing guys, do that next year. That fight’s always going to be there.’
Even though White sanctioned the foray into boxing to fight Mayweather, he regarded that as a rare occasion where everything fit into place.
‘That was the perfect storm,’ White added. ‘It all sort of came together perfectly with Floyd. It was fun. It was a fun thing to do but sort of a one and done for me.’
‘I told you guys a few weeks ago at the fight, there’s a lot of fights out there that could be made.
‘I get it that could make money. You’ve got people running around talking stuff all the time. It’s not really what I do. Poirier vs. McGregor, that’s what I do.’
The lightweight contest on Fight Island will not be for the championship despite Khabib retiring following his emotional win against Justin Gaethje after the death of his father last year.
White wants the former two-weight champion to keep busy and see what he can do in the UFC
But the winner of McGregor vs Poirier will be given a fight against whoever the top ranked contender is later this year for the 155-pound title.
McGregor spoke last year about having a ‘season’ with multiple contests in the year. He subsequently announced his retirement when the UFC refused to keep him active.
This led to further speculation that he would fight Pacquiao, who signed with the same management company as him, but it seems those plans are now on hold.
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