UFC President Dana White is never shy in defending his MMA athletes when it comes to fantasy bouts between his UFC fighters and elite-level professional fighters, but this time he might’ve taken it a bit too far.
Celebrity-gossip website TMZ Sports recently caught up with the UFC boss to ask him about comments made by his rising Irish Featherweight title contender “The Notorious” Conor McGregor, a man who claimed in a recent interview that he could easily defeat boxing’s pound-for-pound king — Floyd Mayweather Jr. — in under 30 seconds.
To the surprise of no one in attendance, White was quick to agree
“Of course,” exclaimed White when answering the reporters question, which you can watch via the video player embedded above. “Any of these guys walking through — he’d beat Mayweather. He’d beat Mayweather. All of these guys would beat Mayweather.”
White then took things just a bit too far.
“Not just Conor,” said White. “She’d [points to UFC Women’s Strawweight contender Paige VanZant] beat Mayweather.”
First, VanZant must get past fellow UFC Women’s Strawweight contender and former Ultimate Fighter veteran Felice Herrig, as the two meet in the main card of the UFC On FOX 15 event, which takes place at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey on Saturday, April 18th.
Oh yeah, and Mayweather would have to get past his next challenger as well — Manny Pacquiao, whom he fights in potentially the most lucrative prize fight in history when the two step into the squared circle for a joint HBO/Showtime pay-per-view presentation on Saturday, May 2nd.