Conor McGregor reveals first ever conversation with Dana White aged just 16 and why UFC chief 'just walked off' | The SunSeptember 23, 2022
CONOR McGREGOR has revealed his first ever conversation with Dana White did not go down well – as the UFC president 'just walked off'.
McGregor, who was 16 at the time and a year prior to his MMA debut, watched UFC 93 in 2009 in Ireland.
There, he famously surprised octagon legend Chuck Lidell and took a legendary picture.
But what many didn't know was McGregor also met his future boss, despite White not taking much notice of the charismatic Irishman.
In McGregor's first ESPN interview, in 2014, he said: "When I was 16 years old, I was at my first UFC event as a fan.
"After the event, Dana stays and takes pictures with the fans. I ran down to the railings and I seen Dana and I was like, ‘Dana, Dana.’
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“He looked at me… 'How much money have you got in your pocket right now this second?’
“He looked at me with like a weird face and then just kind of walked off.
“So, I don’t think he liked that too much, but it was fun. I was just a little kid dreaming of the big time."
Interestingly enough, McGregor at the time was speaking ahead of fighting Dustin Poirier.
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McGregor is currently working his way back to fitness after suffering a broken leg against Poirier at UFC 264.
It remains to be seen if he'll head back into the Octagon, or instead choose to rematch boxer Floyd Mayweather.
The pair met in a blockbuster match in 2017, with Money taking his pro record to 50-0.
McGregor hit back at Mayweather's confirmation of talks via Instagram.
The Irishman shared a picture of an uppercut from their first meeting, captioned: "Not interested."
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