UFC President Dana White feels like he has to make the fight happen, as a thank you for all the work McGregor has done in the UFC.
“This kid steps up. He’ll fight anybody, anywhere, anytime. A lot of people say it; very few really mean it. Conor McGregor, I call him the unicorn. I’ve never dealt with a kid like this,” White said to Fox Sports. “So for him to have this kind of opportunity, to make this kind of money, this type of a fight that people are so interested in worldwide, I almost feel like I have to make it.”
White is also under the impression that the only thing holding back the fight from happening is some financials matters for both fighters.
“It’s a fight that people do want to see. It’s intriguing, and obviously it’s a fight that Conor wants because financially it’s going to be massive for him. McGregor, he’s a guy that I have a lot of respect for,” White said. “This guy has stepped up at times when people were at his level would never step up. I’ve said this a million times, and I’ll say it again — I’m the guy standing in the living room, I’m the guy on the phone when these guys are looking down the barrel of a new opponent a week before the fight, and Conor McGregor doesn’t flinch.”