UFC President Dana White has always been known for his no-nonsense attitude and his candid approach to speaking his mind. And in a recent interview, White was asked about allegations made against former UFC champion Conor McGregor.
McGregor, who is a coach on the 31st season of "The Ultimate Fighter" opposite Michael Chandler, and that the two will go one-on-one at some point this year. The Irishman was accused of kicking fighters off the show for no apparent reason. But when asked about the allegations, White simply responded with:
“I have no idea,” White said. “Who gives a s***.”
Recently, McGregor was accused of getting his comrade Loik Radzhabov removed from TUF 31 in favor of his personal choice, according to UFC welterweight Gilbert Burns. Daniel Rubenstein, a well-known MMA management, also charged McGregor with removing three of his athletes from the event: Ken Cross, Mitch Ramirez, and Brandon Jenkins.
Dana White tackled the TUF 31 unconfirmed reports concerning Conor McGregor at the UFC Vegas 70 post-fight press conference:
“You’re trying to get guys to commit to coach and to do the coaching commitment, especially when you live in Ireland, you know what I mean? Yeah, Conor’s going to get some things that he wants,” White explained.
While some may see White's response as dismissive or disrespectful, others view it as a refreshing take on the situation. After all, McGregor has a reputation for being a brash and sometimes controversial figure in the world of MMA. And as White himself noted in the interview that everybody knows what Conor is like.
White asserted that if any of the contestants were truly ousted from TUF 31, they would find something planned for them:
“Nobody lost an opportunity here. If there were guys that were booked to do that, we’ll do something with them. It’s not just like, hey, see you later, pal, good luck to you. You know? Have a good life, we’ll figure it out, We’ll take care of these guys.”
But what does this all mean for the sport of MMA? Some argue that McGregor's behavior sets a bad example for up-and-coming fighters and sends the message that it's okay to treat others poorly. Others, however, believe that McGregor's personality is part of what makes him such a popular and exciting figure in the sport.
Regardless of where you stand on the issue, there's no denying that Conor McGregor is one of the most talked-about and controversial figures in MMA today. Whether he's kicking fighters off a reality show or trash-talking his opponents, McGregor always seems to be in the headlines.
And while Dana White's response may have been a bit blunt, it's clear that he's not letting the drama surrounding McGregor distract from what's important: the sport itself. So, whether you love him or hate him, there's no denying that Conor McGregor is a force to be reckoned with in the world of MMA.