Dana White accuses Conor McGregor of ‘stealing Israel Adesanya’s thunder’ with Manny Pacquaio announcement before UFC 253
Dana White has accused Conor McGregor of trying to steal the limelight from UFC superstar Israel Adesanya before UFC 253.
‘The Last Stylebender’ delivered a career-best performance on Fight Island in Abu Dhabi to render bitter rival Paulo Costa bloodied and bemused as he retained his middleweight title.
But the night before, McGregor had revealed he was planning to return to boxing to face Manny Pacquaio and leaked details of a private conversation he had with White via Instagram.
The UFC president accused the Irishman of breaking ‘man code’ by divulging the intricate details of their conversation as he revealed details of potential fights.
“I had people blowing me up left and right,” he said following UFC 253. “I mean everybody here knows, I mean even the ladies, this is some man-code stuff but it’s just something you don’t do.
“It’s just something that you don’t do. It is one of the dirtiest things you can do.”
After also reaffirming his desire to fight veteran Diego Sanchez on the eve of Adesanya’s title defence, White suggested a ‘pattern’ was emerging in the 32-year-old’s behaviour.
“This was a weird one. This was weirder and different than anything he’s done before. There’s almost a pattern here,” White told Sports Illustrated.
“When we’re about to do a massive fight—and Israel Adesanya broke a ton of records last week in a global, massive fight—the day before that fight, he starts announcing he’s going to fight this guy and that guy.
“It’s almost like stealing Adesanya’s thunder. But he does it every time there’s a big fight.”
McGregor announced he would be retiring from fighting following the conclusion of UFC 250 in June, which saw Amanda Nunes defend her bantamweight title at the UFC Apex.