It didn’t take long for UFC President Dana White to forgive Conor McGregor. McGregor who led a vicious assault on the UFC transportation bus in the loading dock area of the Brooklyn Barclay’s arena which injured several people and led to the removal of 3 fights from UFC 223 was originally calling the event the ”worst thing to happen in the history of the UFC”, before going on to give interviews saying he would ‘Absolutely not” want to be in business with Conor McGregor, and stating what he did was discussed by the despicable display and that it made him sick.
Fast forward a couple of hours and the UFC production team put together a marketing package for UFC 223 which included the chaotic attack as part of the promo for the Khabib Vs Raging Al matchup which replaced Khabib Vs. Holloway following a difficult weight cut which was stopped by the commission.
At the official post fight press conference Dana White went on to announce that UFC 223 broke the gate at the Barclay’s Center bringing in over 3 million dollars for the organization. White also went on to tell reporters that the PPV is trending to be one of the bigger events of the year.
As the post fight press conference continued, it seems Dana White’s stance on working with Conor McGregor has softened incredibly. While what Conor did was illegal, and he is being charged with 3 misdemeanors and 1 felony, it does not appear it will affect his ability to be licensed as a Mixed Martial Artist or boxer in combat sports.
Dana went on to say, ‘People says to me, ‘Oh this looks so bad for the sport,’ and everything else,” White said during a post-fight news conference. “I agree, it doesn’t look good. But at the end of the day, there’s a lot worse that goes on in all the other sports, so I’ll take a dolly through a window any day.”–sounds like a far cry from his condemning speeches just a few days earlier. With how the UFC has handled former fighters like Babalu Sobral, Paul Daley, and others–it is interesting to see that there has been no internal discipline by WME for the Conor McGregor incidences including the infamous MONSTER Energy Drink throwing, and Bellator MMA Cage storming that occurred previously.