TORONTO — Dana White has gone up against a natural part this week: separating faceoffs between disturbed contenders.
The UFC president is not advancing Floyd Mayweather versus Conor McGregor, yet he has been on the dais. What's more, White said Wednesday here at Budweiser Stage that he has had a justifiable reason purpose behind isolating Mayweather and McGregor.
"Al Haymon gave me particular bearings," White said of Mayweather's baffling guide. "To ensure that Conor McGregor does not touch Floyd Mayweather. I'll be in the center."
White said Tuesday in Los Angeles on the primary stop of the MayMac World Tour that the ball truly kicked it into high gear on arrangements for this battle when he went on FS1 and offered McGregor and Mayweather both $25 million to do it. Mayweather was gotten by TMZ before long, ignoring the offer and saying he would just leave retirement for $100 at least million.
Not long after from that point onward, White stated, he got a call from Haymon, Mayweather's nearby counselor, who makes many moves off camera yet is seen so once in a while out in the open that there are just barely a couple of photos of him on the Internet. Haymon was not in participation Wednesday here, White said.
McGregor, in view of his words and activities, feels like Showtime and Mayweather Promotions are stacking the deck against him this week. The Irishman's mic was cut off Tuesday in Los Angeles while Mayweather was talking. Showtime official Stephen Espinoza said Wednesday that the issue there was a specialized one at Staples Center and not the blame of Showtime. McGregor didn't appear to purchase that, calling Espinoza a "flocking weasel" amid the in-field appear.
"It was bizarre how it happened," White said. "We're managing a few things that we're not used to managing. Besides, for me, being the control crack that I am, I have negligible control in the greater part of this. However, you have a variety of individuals in the blend."
White and the UFC's PR staff is here, as is Showtime, Mayweather Promotions and McGregor's group. White said he needed to be "one and done" Tuesday in advancing MMA warriors against boxers, however he was obviously wearing a "Zuffa Boxing" shirt Wednesday in Toronto. The UFC stands to profit on this battle, obviously, White stated, however there are different intentions.
"This is for Conor," White said. "Tune in, would we say we are going to profit? We're completely going to profit. We're going to profit, those folks are going to profit. Be that as it may, by the day's end, the main motivation behind why I even considered doing this is for Conor.
"I would prefer not to state I'd never do it again, in light of the fact that I said I'd never do it. Thus, I don't have the foggiest idea. Clearly we'll perceive how the subject of plays out at last and where we wind up when it's finished."
White got somewhat jazzed when asked what it would resemble if McGregor thumped out Mayweather on Aug. 26 in Las Vegas.
"On the off chance that he thumps out Floyd Mayweather, man, it's going to be mind blowing," White said. "It'll most likely be the greatest disturbed in sports history and he'd be the greatest competitor on any planet."