During his online pay-per-view interview with MMA journalist Ariel Helwani in January, Conor McGregor discussed a potential fight against Floyd Mayweather and stated that everyone needs to know their place in regards to the fight happening including his current employer, who without them, the fight likely won’t happen.
“With the Ali Act, I believe I can,” McGregor said. “Especially now that there’s offers on the table. But I think it’s smoother if we’re all involved. I think we’re all about good business. I’ve done great business with the UFC, with Dana (White), with everyone. I think it’s smoother if everyone just gets together and we get it involved. But again, everyone’s got to know their place.
“Everyone’s got to know their place,” McGregor reiterated. “There’s Mayweather Promotions, there’s the UFC, and now the newly formed McGregor Promotions, and we’re all in the mix. So that’s what I’m saying. Nobody is my boss. I know Floyd likes to say Dana (White) is my boss and this and he decides. Hell no. Nobody decides this. If they let people go fight jiu-jitsu tournaments, they can’t stop me going to fight a boxing fight. So obviously it’s smoother to do it all together, but look, everyone’s just got to know their place, and everyone does know their place. Low key, everyone knows their place, so we’ll figure it out.”
During his podcast, “The Joe Rogan Experience”, the UFC analyst chimed in on what the lightweight champion had to say.
“If they can work that out, it becomes a question of should they do it and will it (the fight) be competitive?,” Rogan said. “And is it good for their (UFC) brand? And that’s where they may have a debate on this.”
McGregor-Mayweather is far from certain but it has the potential to happen in 2017 or early 2018. Will be interesting to see how it all plays in regards to the UFC and McGregor. It is unchartered territory for the MMA promotion and whether they will be willing to bend for their biggest star.