By opting in, you agree to receive emails with the latest MMA News & Analysis from MMA Frenzy. "It wasn't because he put out private messages. In a ideal world, Conor [would] fight two to three times this year and one of them is a title fight that would be awesome".
White also confirmed he had cleared the air with McGregor after a spat between the pair past year over the Irishman's next opponent.
'The Real Connor McGregor Is Back': Dana White has made a big claim about Connor McGregor before his fight with Dustin Pourier at UFC 257. sport
White added: "I talked to Diego face-to-face about it". I care about Diego Sanchez.
McGregor will take on Dustin Porier on January 23 at UFC 257, but he also has a fight against Manny Pacquiao this year. It's not really what I do. "I think he's a good fighter". According to White, the McGregor that is training to compete at UFC 257 is the version of the fighter who rose to superstardom from 2013 to 2016 - not the one who has competed infrequently since then.
In August 2017, McGregor lost to boxing champion Floyd Mayweather in "The Money Fight" after a 10th round technical knockout before the MMA star returned in the Octagon and finished Donald Cerrone in 40 seconds last January. "But when a guy wants to retire, he probably should", White said.More news: ‘Most dangerous time’ of Covid yet to come in UK
"I was really upset with Conor, but we fixed that, and now we're all good". And you can tell when he is and when he isn't, and right now, he's in. He's going to be, 'Who's ready?
"My conversations with Conor, I know when the real Conor is here and the other Conor is here, and believe me when I tell you, the real Conor is here".
Meanwhile, Pacquiao, who also yielded to Mayweather in 2015, last saw action in the boxing ring with a split decision win against American Keith Thurman in 2019.More news: TCL kicks 2021 off with new phones
What's your prediction for what the next UFC lightweight title fight will be?
'If you talk about the more flamboyant guy, the one who did some insane stuff that you only see in movies and stuff like that, I would say maybe a guy like Anderson Silva or Vitor Belfort'.
"There's nothing more exciting or more fun than a motivated Conor McGregor when his head is in the right place", White said to ESPN.More news: Sonic boom as fighter jets intercept private plane