Dana White Says His Beef With Conor McGregor Is Over Ahead of UFC 257: ‘We’re in a Good Place Now’

Conor McGregor is one of the best fighters to ever grace the UFC, but he didn’t do it alone. He had his family, his friends, and his team behind him, and of course the UFC’s president, Dana White, was also supporting him. That said, after a war of words, it seems like Conor McGregor is finally on good terms with Dana White again going into UFC 257.

A recap of Conor McGregor and Dana White’s relationship

Like most athletes, McGregor is only as big as he is because of the promotion that he’s received. Of course, his exciting fights and his charming personality helps in that regard, but so does the fact that the UFC pulls its weight by spending lots of money on ads and press conferences for him. Without the UFC’s promotional support, McGregor might not be where he is today. 

That promotional support largely comes from White, who, as the president of the UFC, can make decisions in regard to how much promotion a fighter gets. Additionally, White can also decide who fights who, and more importantly, who gets paid how much. 

As a result, McGregor had a good relationship with White for much of his career, as the two were mutually beneficial to each other. McGregor’s fights made a lot of money, and as a result, both McGregor and White made a lot of money. However, things soured for the two in 2020.

An on-going feud with UFC President Dana White and its resolution 

Dana White and Conor McGregor at a press conference
Conor McGregor is held back by UFC President Dana White | Steven Ryan/Getty Images

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McGregor had originally planned 2020 to be his comeback year, but things obviously went wrong for everyone. Regardless, McGregor didn’t fight again after he fought Donald Cerrone in January 2020, and White claimed that was because McGregor was turning down fights.

McGregor publicly disputed that by posting screenshots of private DMs between him and White, but other fighters, such as Justin Gaethje, chimed in to support White’s claims. 

As a result of this public spat, McGregor “retired” later in 2020. This wasn’t the first time that McGregor had “retired” from the UFC as a negotiation tactic, and it seemed to have worked out for him. Eventually, McGregor got a fight booked, and, like Insider wrote, his relationship with White has smoothed over.

Despite the fact that, like Insider said, White was fuming over McGregor leaking those DMs, White also said that, “Conor and me are in a good place right now.”

That said, Insider also wrote that White was particularly mad at McGregor because those DMs involved another fighter. But, after White talked to everyone involved, he claimed everything’s good now. 

Who Conor McGregor will fight at UFC 257

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With a fight booked for UFC 257 against Dustin Poirier, it seems like this whole feud is water under the bridge for both parties. Although McGregor hasn’t necessarily said that his feud with White is over, for all intents and purposes, it seems like it is as both McGregor and White are busy promoting and preparing for UFC 257.

While it’s possible that White only buried the hatchet because McGregor has a fight coming up, at the end of the day, McGregor fighting was exactly what both parties wanted. As a result, by having a fight booked, both parties have gotten what they wanted from each other.

However, this fight might not be a very spectacular one. Poirier is a high-ranked fighter in the division, but he has actually fought McGregor before. Back in 2014, the two men fought at UFC 178, and McGregor knocked Poirier out in just over 100 seconds.

Both men have undoubtedly improved though, and now, both men are fighting in a heavier weight class. Regardless though, most fans and analysts assume that McGregor will KO Poirier once again.

After UFC 257, White and McGregor will probably continue being on good terms, so long as there are more fights planned that is.