‘I’m just sayin’ – Dana White caught on tape badgering Khabib with McGregor rematch

“He and I are going to sit down next month. We’re going to find out how persuasive I can be,” those were the words…

By: Zane Simon | 3 years ago
‘I’m just sayin’ – Dana White caught on tape badgering Khabib with McGregor rematch
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“He and I are going to sit down next month. We’re going to find out how persuasive I can be,” those were the words from Dana White to TMZ back in early December.

“I’ll bet on me every time,” he added, speaking to his confidence of bringing Khabib around on his abrupt retirement plans that appear to have left the promotion entirely blindsided.

A little more than a month later and it doesn’t appear that bet will cash.

“There are two fights coming up, and if these guys can do something special, Khabib will fight them,” the UFC president told fans during the UFC Fight Night: Holloway vs. Kattar broadcast. If that statement rang hollow, though, recent footage from the latest Looking for a Fight taping gives a little more insight into White’s negotiation tactics.

“This fight with Poirier is trending bigger than the fight with you and Conor on PPV,” White told Nurmagomedov while the two men were seated cageside for a regional event. “Imagine what you and Conor would do in another fucking fight. Just sayin. I’m just sayin!”

UFC 257 goes down this Saturday, January 23rd in Abu Dhabi. The headliner will feature Dustin Poirier’s long-awaited rematch with Conor McGregor. A bout between former Bellator champ and UFC newcomer Michael Chandler and Dan Hooker is set for the co-main event. Khabib Nurmagomedov will reportedly not be in attendance.

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Zane Simon
Zane Simon

Zane Simon is a senior editor, writer, and podcaster for Bloody Elbow. He has worked with the website since 2013, taking on a wide variety of roles. A lifelong combat sports fan, Zane has trained off & on in both boxing and Muay Thai. He currently hosts the long-running MMA Vivisection podcast, which he took over from Nate Wilcox & Dallas Winston in 2015, as well as the 6th Round podcast, started in 2014. Zane is also responsible for developing and maintaining the ‘List of current UFC fighters’ on Bloody Elbow, a resource he originally developed for Wikipedia in 2010.

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