Former two-division champion Conor McGregor has been making headlines for all the wrong reasons lately. Last year in November, Mcgregor stormed the Bellator cage in Dublin to celebrate with a teammate, shove a referee Marc Goddard and slapped a Bellator employee. Later that month, Mcgregor allegedly punched a member of the Irish cartel, no police report filed. Earlier this month, Irishman attacked a bus filled with UFC fighters at UFC 223 media day festivities and later turned himself into police custody, charged with three counts of assault, and one count of criminal mischief. UFC president didn’t take any action and remained quite whether Mcgregor will get any sanctions or not.
But White did react to Mcgregor’s bus attack said it’s ‘disgusting, criminal’ act – ‘I don’t know if he’s on drugs or what.’ A few days later things seem to have completely changed, as White has suddenly reversed his tune.
No doubt Conor McGregor represent the endpoint of a long, ongoing trend in the UFC’s pay-per-view (PPV) business, but his recent antics could tarnish his legacy.
UFC color commentator Joe Rogan was speaking on his JRE MMA Show, where he discussed the Conor Mcgregor’s infamous bus incident and said if it was different fighter how the UFC would have treated them:
“He just keeps f**king up with this kind of stuff and no one’s saying, ‘get rid of him!’” said Rogan (Quotes Via MMA Fighting). “He’s worth so much money. It’s really fascinating. Imagine if Ray Borg and him switched sides. If Ray Borg showed up with all his boys and was screaming and yelling and threw a dolly at the window, it’s a done deal forever. Think about Paul Daley. Paul Daley must be at home going, ‘Motherf**ker! F**k Dana White!’”
“Until you get to that stratosphere that Conor McGregor—there’s so much money to be made, that’s the problem. The rules get bent. All Paul Daley did was throw a punch at Josh Koscheck after [the fight was over]. It didn’t even connect! That could have been sorted out.”
“There’s a level to the game where you’re so valuable—if Conor McGregor does a pay-per-view fight, especially if they do all that crazy nonsense with Mayweather—if they ever did that—they’re just printing money,” Rogan concluded. They’re printing money. It’s so hard for them to not take that money.”
Rogan agrees with that notion and believes the UFC should punish Irishman for his antics, even though he’s their cash cow.
Mcgregor last competed inside the Octagon at UFC 205 against Eddie Alvarez and claimed the UFC lightweight title back in 2016.