UFC president Dana White revealed his all-time favorite UFC fighter, and it’s probably who you think it is. White told Mike Tyson and Zab Judah on the latest episode of the “Hotboxin with Mike Tyson” podcast that UFC superstar Conor McGregor was his favorite UFC fighter.
“I mean it’s hard to not say Conor McGregor,” White said. “Conor McGregor comes out and puts on a great show. The world goes crazy, and the whole world is buzzing when that guy fights.”
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White Confirms Next Fight for McGregor
McGregor lost his last fight against Dustin Poirier at UFC 257, but White confirmed on the podcast that the third fight between “Notorious” and “The Diamond” is on the way.
“They’re going to fight again,” White said.
McGregor and Poirier are tied 1-1. Poirier defeated McGregor by second-round knockout at UFC 257 in January, but McGregor defeated Poirier by first-round stoppage back in 2014.
A third fight is due.
Now, the two fighters seem to be on a collision course for an epic summer showdown.
Technically, White didn’t say on the podcast that Poirier vs. McGregor 3 would be next for both fighters.
However, McGregor has been adamant since his loss at UFC 257 that he wants an immediate rematch against Poirier.
Meanwhile, Poirier has expressed several times since his stunning victory over the Irishman that he would welcome the third fight, too. In fact, Poirier told Joe Rogan recently on his podcast that he hoped to face McGregor again in June or July.
Now, it seems White has confirmed matching the two stars together again is the UFC’s plan.
Besides, McGregor is White’s all-time favorite UFC fighter, so he’s probably anxious to get McGregor back into the Octagon again in the fight he wants most.
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Why McGregor Makes Sense as White’s Favorite Fighter
McGregor makes sense as White’s all-time favorite UFC fighter. He’s the biggest superstar the sport of MMA has ever seen, and he’s sold more UFC pay-per-views than any other fighter in history.
McGregor is a true crossover celebrity. He’s known well outside the confines of combat sports, and that’s a super rare status for a prizefighter to achieve whether in MMA or boxing.
Those facts alone would probably be enough to earn White’s ardor all by themselves, but McGregor is also one of the most decorated UFC champions in history. So it’s not as if he doesn’t possess merit.
McGregor was the first fighter to simultaneously hold two divisional championships at the same time, and he’s one of only seven fighters in UFC history to win championships in two different weight classes.
So White’s choice of McGregor makes a ton of sense, even if he technically shouldn’t have favorites since he’s the promoter on record for every UFC star.
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