Conor McGregor is Dana White’s favourite MMA star as ‘the world goes crazy when he puts on the show’… as the UFC supremo reveals he is still trying to talk Khabib Nurmagomedov out of retirement
- Dana White has named Conor McGregor has his favourite UFC star to watch
- The UFC duo have had a topsy-turvy relationship and McGregor retired last year
- White also revealed he is trying to get Khabib Nurmagomedov out of retirement
- The 51-year-old claims trying to convince the Russian is a rare thing for him to do
Dana White admits Conor McGregor is the UFC star he likes to see perform the most as the world is ‘buzzing’ when the Irishman enters the octagon.
The ‘Notorious’ recently returned to MMA earlier this year after his shock retirement last June but was surprisingly beaten by rival Dustin Poirier in January’s UFC 257 event in Las Vegas.
UFC president White has enjoyed a topsy-turvy relationship with McGregor, who accused the supremo of not granting him his ideal fight with either Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson before his retirement.
Conor McGregor (right) is Dana White’s (left) favourite fighter, the UFC supremo has revealed
White told the Hot Boxin’ podcast that the ‘world goes crazy’ when McGregor stars in UFC
When asked who his favourite UFC star is by Zab Judah, White told the Hot Boxin’ podcast: ‘I mean it’s hard not to say Conor McGregor. When Conor McGregor puts on a show, the world goes crazy.
‘The world is buzzing when that guy fights. 100 per cent.’
White was speaking alongside former American boxer Judah and heavyweight legend Mike Tyson, who both described the iconic McGregor as a ‘showman’.
McGregor (left) lost his last fight to Dustin Poirier (right), the Irishman’s first contest in a year
Tyson claimed that McGregor needs to come back to UFC and ‘knock this guy (Poirier) out’, with White confirming that the pair are set to meet for another rematch.
The UFC president also paid tribute to Khabib Nurmagomedov, who retired after defending his lightweight championship title against Justin Gaethje last October.
White confirmed once again that he is trying to get the undefeated Russian back out of retirement, which is a plea that he rarely makes in his role as UFC supremo.
White (right) maintains he is still trying to talk Khabib Nurmagomedov (left) out of retirement
The 51-year-old continued: ‘Khabib’s awesome. I’m trying to talk him out of retirement, which I never do. I never try to talk people out of retirement but this guy’s the baddest dude in the world right now.
‘He’s made a s*** load of money and he feels like he’s levels above all these guys. He’s already beaten most of the top five, what do you do? Do you keep fighting or retire? I hope he sticks around, I’m trying.’
Speaking about a potential return of Khabib, boxing legend Tyson claimed he would ‘carry on fighting until I lose’.