It's real. He was talking about [boxing] Conor McGregor.
White told ESPN that he is not interested in a St. Pierre vs. McGregor fight, and continued to shoot down rumors of negotiations between both fighters' camps.
White stated that he does not believe Mayweather is truly retired from boxing or potentially the UFC, adding, "He will fight again". "He fought everybody on his way up 145 pounds". People loved it, so somewhere down the line there's a possibility for a trilogy, but right now he has to defend his title against Tony Ferguson.
White's closing question seems absurd when you consider the facts.
"What we have to do is - he needs to defend that title", White told FOX Sports' Undisputed.
"If Conor McGregor fights next year, that'll be awesome". Instead, the victor of Edson Barboza's fight with Khabib Nurmagomedov would decide to gets to fight Ferguson for the interim lightweight title, who would then get a chance to fight McGregor. After knocking out Aldo, McGregor wanted to make history by challenging then-lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos.
Given the financial reward he earned by boxing Floyd Mayweather last August, many had thought that Conor McGregor would never return to the Octagon, but he recently said that he still has a passion for fighting and that an MMA bout would be next for him. "He fought everybody on his way up 145 pounds". He beat Max Holloway, the only guy to beat Max Holloway in four years. It is Conor's fault he did Mayweather, but we chose to do the Mayweather fight and everybody gave a f--.
"It wasn't Conor's fault [dos Anjos] got hurt". In the meantime, the UFC crowned an interim lightweight champion in Tony Ferguson in October.
And it looks like we will have to wait some time before we see McGregor back in the Octagon as UFC President Dana White has revealed his plans for the organisation's UFC lightweight champion and undisputed pay-per-view king.