The UFC over the years has bowed down to the former champ champ Conor McGregor giving him everything he has ever wanted, or in some cases demanded from them. And why not, he has proven to be the ultimate cash cow for them. Breaking record after record for PPV purchases and live gates, it made sense for their business. Even though many fans, fighters, and members of the media took aim at UFC President Dana White for this preferred treatment, he brushed all of his detractors off and put the best interests of the company’s financial bottom line at the forefront, which is what he is supposed to do!
As we all know McGregor and Dustin Poirier started engaging one another via social media recently about fighting each other for a second time. Even going as far as to say it would be an exhibition match and that McGregor would donate $500,000 to Poirier’s charity. However, we all knew that this could not happen without the UFC because of contractual obligations that both fighters fall under, one which states that they are exclusive to the UFC!
Dana White offered them the fight and set a date of January 23rd, 2021. Both fighters said that they wanted the fight to take place this year, and suggested dates in November and December that net their demands to which the UFC and White said no!
Today White doubled down on his offered date stating that the earlies this fight could happen is January as they have booked out the rest of 2020 already and are not going to change or add any fights to any of the already planned events. Now the same folks that have continually criticized White for always giving in to McGregor are questioning why White won’t just book this fight and add it to an already existing card. White seemingly can’t win for losing!
Christopher James has been in the MMA industry for 15 years, Working as a ring announcer for promotions like the XFC, Island Fights, Combat Night and Fight Nights Global during his career. Chris’ love for the sport and the athletes that partake in it led him to writing and doing face to face interviews with the athletes he admired and respected. Chris isn’t conventional by any stretch of the imagination, he has his own style, and takes pride in not being a “cookie-cutter” member of the media. Unique and sometimes controversial takes are what he brings to the table, forcing folks to think a little differently about the world of MMA. He also has a love for music as he has been a dj for 25 years and his love for music gets brought to the MMA world when he gets his guests to sing on his weekly show Cage Side with Christopher James which can be seen Wednesday nights on FACEBOOK LIVE, and soon via podcast.