Conor McGregor had £2m on himself turned down by Dana White… and UFC star would have won huge wager
CONOR McGREGOR once tried to have a £2million bet on himself with Dana White – but lost out on a massive pay-day.
The Irishman was set to challenge featherweight king Jose Aldo in July 2015 but the Brazilian pulled out injured.
Chad Mendes, Dana White and Conor McGregor in 2015[/caption]
Conor McGregor knocked out Chad Mendes in 2015[/caption]
Chad Mendes instead filled in on two weeks’ notice and McGregor was so confident in the result he proposed a bet to White.
The UFC president is a self-proclaimed gambler and avid blackjack player, but even he was not willing to go against The Notorious.
White said on The Jim Rome Show: “You want to know how confident this kid is?
“I can’t even believe I’m going to say this, but, he told Lorenzo and I the other day ‘I’ll bet you $3million (£2m) I knock him out in the second round.’
“I like to bet, I don’t know if I’m that willing to take that bet. When I tell you how extremely confident this guy is in himself, it’s fascinating.
“He is a very unique, fascinating person to listen to. Fun to listen to, and fun to watch.”
Luckily for White, he refused the wager, as McGregor went on to stop Mendes in round two.
In December he KO’d Aldo to win the undisputed featherweight crown in just 13 seconds.
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White has rarely ruled McGregor out, even backing him in his 2017 boxing match against Floyd Mayweather, which he lost in round ten.
Despite not going through with his bet before beating Mendes, it would not even put a dent in his current fortune.
Having reigned as a two-division UFC champion, and thanks to his lucrative crossover fight with Mayweather, McGregor has a net worth close to £100m.
Easily the UFC’s highest paid star of all time, he has also banked a pretty penny for his Proper No12 whiskey, clothing lines and fitness programme.
Alicia Adendorff is a reporter for Healthy Organic Lifestyle.