It appears that, for once, Dana White was telling the truth.
He claimed before UFC 211 that he was going to get Conor’s side of the Mayweather boxing match hashed out by Sunday, then bring that contract to Mayweather. This step appears to have been taken- Conor confirmed as much in a statement on his own website, the Maclife.com.
“It is an honour to sign this record breaking deal alongside my partners Zuffa LLC, The Ultimate Fighting Championship and Paradigm Sports Management,” McGregor said.
“The first, and most important part of this historic contract has now officially been signed off on. Congratulations to all parties involved. We now await Al Haymon and his boxer’s signature in the coming days.”
That, of course, does not mean the fight is on. Mayweather is notoriously (no pun intended) difficult to work with, over everything from profit share to ring size to glove selection. He will present a huge hurdle for the negotiating skill of Dana White, who is used to dictating terms to his own fighters. When presented with negotiations involving parties that are on equal footing, Dana has historically had a lot of difficulty, such as the many times he tried to sign Fedor Emelianenko in his prime, and the extended attempt to re-negotiate Georges St. Pierre’s contract.
However, there is no denying this is a huge step. Previously, sources in the boxing world had cited the UFC’s egregious demands for a huge percentage of Conor’s side of the profits from the bout as the main obstacle to the fights. It seems McGregor and the UFC have moved past that, meaning the fight is ostensibly much closer to being made.