Dana White defends Conor McGregor, UFC lightweight division from 'haters'

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If St-Pierre does decide to come back, his coaches have recently suggested that a fight against UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor might make sense considering that would undoubtedly be one of the most lucrative events of all time.

Dana White has spoken negatively of the prospects of a McGregor return in the past, however he's now hinted at a possible time frame while he claims the opponent is a certainty.

Zahabi, known for his philosophical approach in mixed martial arts, is all praises for McGregor's physical ability and fighter's mentality.

'What we have to do is - he needs to defend that title, ' White insisted.

Now, these comments are in keeping with White's earlier statements, where he said he would be "super pissed" if GSP vacated the belt. "Listen, you guys know I was here, I did not believe that McGregor-Mayweather would happen and it did". I've been asking for that fight for over a year and a half now", Zahabi said, according to Express Sport, adding, "I don't think it's a insane fight.

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Despite the situation, the UFC executive said his recent conversations with McGregor haven't been about fighting.

White tells us. he's gunning to promote boxing in 2018 - but he's not targeting a Floyd vs. Conor McGregor rematch. "I think he jumped in, grabbed some cash and went back to Canada".

This month, however, St-Pierre's longtime coach, Firas Zahabi, told Express Sport a fight between the two global stars would be "brilliant" and "probably the biggest fight in UFC and MMA history".

White said just over a week ago that the UFC is very interested in doing something with Floyd, adding that everything is a realistic possibility.

'Tony Ferguson is the fight right now and is the move if (McGregor) wants to come back'.

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