However, the talks have seen no resolution in sight and now the UFC President has set a deadline for them before he moves on.
“I plan on having this thing locked up by this Sunday and then moving on to Team Mayweather and start to negotiate with them,” White said on The Jim Rome Show. “If we really do get it done in that timeframe, then this thing could possibly happen. Again, I still have to go negotiate with them. There’s no guarantee that we’re going to come to a deal. I think (the chances of a deal with McGregor) are pretty good. Hopefully Monday I’m going to sit down and negotiate with Team Mayweather. I just can’t keep messing with this thing. I have to run my business and I have to focus on all the other things that are going on around here.”
White recently stated that the target date for the fight was September 16, which is now the date for the Canelo Alvarez/GGG fight.
Even the UFC President admits that he would buy a ticket to see Alvarez fight GGG.
“That was the date we were shooting for,” White said. “I was doing an interview earlier and they said, ‘Well the MGM says you hadn’t held the date.’ We hadn’t – we hadn’t held the date. But that’s the date we were shooting for. … I didn’t see any big fights coming up that we couldn’t have took the date from if they ended up with that date. Then they come up with Canelo and ‘GGG,’ which is a real fight. That’s a fight I’ll actually buy tickets for and go to myself. So, yeah, life waits for nobody. We should have moved faster, we should have moved further along in the negotiations, and it’s our own fault.”
MMA fan's will see White next at UFC 211, which takes place on Saturday, May 13 from the American Airlines Arena in Dallas, Texas.
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