UFC president Dana White explains why Conor McGregor receives “special treatment”

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McGregor has been out of action since being defeated by Dustin Poirier but the UFC kingpin White has admitted that he receives preferential treatment due to his desire to fight anybody

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Dana White has admitted Conor McGregor is on the receiving end of special treatment due to his willingness to fight any available UFC star.

The Irish star has not fought in the promotion since July after suffering a broken leg against Dustin Poirier at UFC 264.

His recovery is ongoing as he eyes a bumper return to the lightweight division next year after a recent decline.

However UFC kingpin White has recalled a story when McGregor came to him before his bout with Nate Diaz stating he doesn’t give a “f***” who he fights.

“Yeah, that’s true and not true,” White replied to Daniel Cormier when asked if McGregor receives special treatment. “If you look right now at the rankings, Conor McGregor is ranked No. 9 in the world [at lightweight].

“So, who the hell knows what this thing’s going to look like by the time he comes back? So, I couldn’t honestly answer that question. I’ve said it publicly a million times, Conor McGregor, literally, would fight anybody. I’m telling you.

“He, literally, this is what he said to us, ‘I don’t give a f*** who you get. I’m going to work out. When you figure it out, call me and let me know.’ Yeah and then, the Nate Diaz fight, another fight fell out for him.

“He said, ‘Well, let’s fight Diaz.’ Well, do you want to do…‘No, I don’t want a catchweight. If I don’t fight him at his weight, it doesn’t matter. It’s b******* if I don’t fight him at his weight.’

“Conor McGregor has been that guy since the day he walked into this f****** company. So, for anybody to point the finger and say, ‘Oh, this guy’s getting special treatment.’ This guy is special. This guy’s f****** special.”

McGregor has enjoyed an illustrious career with the promotion, reigning at both featherweight and lightweight, in addition to becoming the first man to simultaneously hold two belts.

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He has also headlined eight of the UFC’s top ten highest-selling pay-per-views of all time with the list topped by his historic showdown against Khabib Nurmagomedov.

Since his tilt with the Russian, McGregor has won just one of his last three bouts suffering back-to-back defeats against Poirier this year.

This has left him dangerously close to dropping out of the top ten at 155lbs with McGregor currently placed at No.9. in the UFC rankings

But the Irish star has remained defiant despite his recent record promising the “greatest comeback ever” to his fans on social media.

He has faced a number of calls from various opponents since his defeat in July which include Michael Chandler and Rafael Dos Anjos.

Opportunities have also been presented at other weights including a trilogy with Diaz at welterweight, but this now seems highly unlikely with the American having just one fight remaining on his UFC deal.

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