Dana White Admits Conor McGregor Has Been A ‘F*cking Handful’ To Deal With During His UFC Run

    ByRoss Markey

    Jan 1, 2022

    UFC president, Dana White has claimed that former undisputed lightweight and featherweight champion, ‘The Notorious’ Conor McGregor has been a “f*cking handful” to deal with, as the Dubliner approaches his eighth year under the promotion’s banner.

    McGregor, who is currently recovering from a fractured left tibia suffered in his July UFC 265 headliner against former interim lightweight titleholder, Dustin Poirier, dropped his second straight loss to the Lafayette native in a disappointing annum inside the Octagon for the former duel-titleholder.

    The 33-year-old had headlined UFC 257 back in January on ‘Fight Island’ in Abu Dhabi, UAE, suffering the first knockout defeat of his professional mixed martial arts tenure, as Poirier avenged a 2014 loss to McGregor with a second round barrage at the Octagon fence.

    Expected to make an Octagon return in the early stages of next summer, McGregor has welcomed a slew of potential opponents for his UFC comeback, but has notably shown a keen interest in scoring an immediate lightweight title challenge against Charles Oliveirawho appears to also welcome the bout, as well as a lucrative payday to boot.

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    Speaking recently with former boxing coach, Teddy Atlas on THE FIGHT podcast, White named McGregor as one of the most loyal fighters he had ever dealt with, however, maintained that he is more than difficult to deal with.

    There’s been a lot of fighters that have been incredibly loyal to me and I’ve been incredibly loyal to them,” White said. “Conor McGregor’s one of them. Conor’s a f*cking handful, boy, but when you look at the way fighters are built, they’re different to everybody else on this planet. The Ronda Rouseys, Chuck Liddells, Matt Hughes, Conor McGregor – I don’t want to not mention people but there’s been a lot of fighters over the last 20 years that have been very loyal (to me).

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    McGregor, who suffered his catastrophic leg injury in the closing stages of his sole round affair with Poirier, grabbed headlines immediately following the bout, after he appears to have made death threats aimed toward Poirier and his wife, Jolie, as well as making gun sign gestures toward his own head. 

    The Crumlin native was also infamously involved in a post-fight brawl with former lightweight champion, Khabib Nurmagomedov back in October 2018 following UFC 229, engaging in multiple physical altercations with members of the Dagestani’s corner. That fracas succeeded a prior April incident at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York – where McGregor threw a moving dolly through a bus window carrying red corner fighters, in a bid to draw out Nurmagomedov.

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