UFC chief Dana White has responded to reports suggesting Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather Jr could be heading to the Octagon for a rematch with modified MMA rules.
Speculation has been rife that the pair will go toe-to-toe once more and that Mayweather has been busy training for such a spectacle.
It is widely believed that the boxing veteran is keen to keep his 50-0 fight record intact but open to taking the fight on into the world of mixed martial arts.
Mayweather earned a hefty $100m from the first fight and would undoubtedly be happy to compete if a similar pay day was on the table this time around.
And one report even suggested a compromise had been reached whereby the pair would fight in the Octagon under “modified rules”.
Omar Al Raisi, editor-in-chief of The Sports Journal, a well-known Dubai publication, took to Twitter to claim the following rules had been agreed: no shoes, kicks, no takedowns, no elbows, no knees.
No kicks, no take downs, no elbows, no knees. Certain things will be allowed like the clinch. pic.twitter.com/Gmv5koAG00
— Omar Al Raisi (@Dantani) April 8, 2018
Let me clarify. Nothing is approved or signed. The modified rules MMA fight is something that has been discussed.
No one has an interest for another boxing bout & we all know Floyd won't jump into a full MMA fight.
Modified rules generates interest and Conor has better chances pic.twitter.com/Mm0OzfPTbY
— Omar Al Raisi (@Dantani) April 10, 2018
Lennox Lewis then began spreading word about the possible fight on Twitter.
So I’m hearing that @FloydMayweather and @TheNotoriousMMA will fight again in the octagon with modified rules! No kicks, no knees, no elbows, no takedowns? But isn’t this just Boxing in the octagon? ?
— Lennox Lewis (@LennoxLewis) April 10, 2018
But is the fight going to happen? McGregor was only recently charged with assault and criminal mischief after attacking Khabib Murmagomedov’s bus at the press day for UFC 223.
And in any case, it would appear White isn’t willing to play ball.
Asked about the potential modified fight on Twitter, the UFC chief shot down the claims completely.
“None of that is even close to true. Dumbest s*** I have ever heard,” he tweeted.
None of that is even close to true. Dumbest shit i have ever heard.
— Dana White (@danawhite) April 10, 2018
That might put the issue to bed altogether, although that doesn’t necessarily mean the fight wont’ happen, albeit elsewhere.
McGregor is already facing an uphill battle to regain his place in UFC with White far from happy with his latest antics and the Irishman facing serious criminal charges and some potential lawsuits.
Another huge payday from a fight with Mayweather could be exactly what is needed, but it would have to be on the American’s terms.
There’s certainly no love lost between the pair, with the undefeated boxer recently hitting out at McGregor’s antics during a TV interview.
“I feel that when you have reached such high status, you have to carry yourself in a classy way,” he said, per ESPN.
“Outside the ring, you have to carry yourself as a gentleman.”
That, at the very least, should add some fuel to the fire.
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