Dana White claims Conor McGregor declined replacement opportunity that Justin Gaethje ended up taking.
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“He wants to fight [Justin] Gaethje. Gaethje just won to get the fight with Khabib [Nurmagomedov],” White explained to ESPN’s First Take per MMA Fighting on Tuesday.
“He just beat Tony Ferguson. Conor had the opportunity to slide into that spot if Khabib or Tony fell out.
“He came back and said ‘I’m not a replacement fighter, I’m not going to do it.’ He would be in that position now if he took the fight. He didn’t, Gaethje did so Gaethje gets it.”
“Conor McGregor is frustrated right now because I mean look what’s going on,” White added.
“Look at what we’re pulling off. We’re literally just going to Yas Island right now to pull off these fights because the hardest thing to do right now is to get people into the country from other parts of the world.
As much as Dana wants to believe the UFC is fine without McGregor, he’s clearly the #1 draw.
And easily its biggest star by far.
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