Conor McGregor hits back at Dana White after UFC chief slams Instagram message leaks

Conor McGregor has fired back at Dana White after the UFC president criticised for him for leaking their Instagram messages online. In a lengthy Twitter rant on Friday, McGregor angrily dismissed the notion he wasn’t keen to fight again this year.

To further his point, the former two-division UFC champion shared private Instagram messages with White which revealed his efforts to land a second bout this year.

White, understandably, took umbrage at McGregor sharing their private conversations and criticised the Irishman during the UFC 253 post-fight press conference.

“Everybody here knows — even the ladies — this is some man code stuff,” White told the assembled media in Abu Dhabi. “It’s just something you don’t do.

“It’s one of the dirtiest things you can do, because we were just talking about Diego Sanchez. And Diego Sanchez is in there in a private conversation I was having with Conor.”

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Code was broken when you lied about me turning down fights mate

Conor McGregor’s response to Dana White’s criticism of him leaking private Instagram messages

It didn’t take long for McGregor to get wind of White’s response to his actions, which he had a stern rebuttal to.

“Code was broken when you lied about me turning down fights mate,” McGregor tweeted. “I said Justin [Gaethje] in May and you went and said I did not want to fight.

“It’s not about Diego. Diego was a filler to get more fights in.”

White also denied having any knowledge of McGregor being in negotiations to box reigning WBA (Super) welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao.


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That notion has angered McGregor, who insists the 51-year-old has been at the forefront of talks over his proposed fight with ‘Pacman’.

He added: “Also, you have been involved in Manny talks. The letters are there. Stop lying.”

McGregor, 32, hasn’t fought since his 40-second demolition of Donald Cerrone in January at UFC 246, his first victory in almost four years.

The Dubliner was hoping to fight a further two times this year but had those hopes dashed the coronavirus pandemic and less than amicable negotiations with the UFC.

“I was pushing hard for the season,” McGregor tweeted after revealing the final segment of his chat with White. “Multiple opponents, multiple dates offered throughout.

“All to take place back to back.

“Then when COVID hit and the talk was that I would have to wait for crowds again. I walked away from the situation. I was waiting long enough at that stage.”

Prior to his public fall out with McGregor, White had expected the UFC’s poster boy to be back in action early next year.

When quizzed about McGregor’s future during an appearance on SportsCenter earlier this month, he said: “We’re actually working on some fun stuff for Conor at the beginning of next year.

“He should be back next year. I’m not saying he’s coming back to fight guaranteed, but we’re talking about some stuff.”

In a separate interview with TSN, he added: “I came up with an idea a couple days ago, and I reached out to him to see what he thought, and he was interested.

“So, we’re kicking some stuff around. It’s not done. When it’s done, I would love to share the idea with you when it’s ready to roll. It’s just an idea right now. Yeah, late 2020 or early 2021.”

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