UFC president Dana White stopped by the FOX Sports 1 post-fight show following UFC Fight Night 59 Sunday to discuss Conor McGregor.
“Notorious” earned another victory over a Top-10 fighter, besting Dennis Siver. He is now expected to challenge Jose Aldo for the featherweight title, possibly as soon as Memorial Day in Las Vegas.
For White, seeing the development of McGregor over a short amount of time is nothing less than spectacular.
“There were a lot of people from Ireland here,” he said. “There were a lot of Brazilians here, too. I’ve said it before. He’s a huge superstar. He’s got a gift. Boy can he fight.”
McGregor immediately went over the Octagon fence, off a table and into the stands to confront Aldo after the win. White thought he was just trying to celebrate with his family and friends, much like Aldo did in Brazil.
“I was thinking security was keeping him from talking to his family,” he said. “That’s typical McGregor. He looked phenomenal. What he did to two Top-10 fighters, he’s relaxed and picks them apart.”
After the impromptu meeting, the UFC was planning to bring Aldo into the cage to face off with McGregor as they have done in the past. The champion was against that, though.
“He wants this fight so bad,” White said. “We wanted to get in the Octagon to do the interview, but he’s superstitious and won’t go into it unless it’s for a fight.”