With great power, comes great leniency.
And no one knows that better than former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Lightweight and Featherweight champion, Conor McGregor. After quickly rising the ranks in his short time with the promotion, “Notorious” became the biggest box office star the sport has ever seen. Which is why Dana White and Co. put up with his antics.
That’s according to the UFC president himself.
“He’s worth it.”
That’s why — much to the chagrin of Joe Rogan — “Notorious” wasn’t even given a slap on the wrist by UFC after he stormed Barclays Center earlier this year and went on a “disgusting,” window-smashing rampage that resulted in fighter’s lost paydays, mental stress, and hospital bills.
For his part, White stated he would let the legal system take care of Conor, but all he received was some community service and mandated anger management classes after his lawyers copped a plea bargain. And despite this bold statement, White never punished Conor for his blood-spilling outburst.
But hey, at least White doesn’t downplay its severity.
“For example, the New York thing. The fact that he thought he could come here and have this beef with Khabib in the middle of New York City and the way that it was done, that’s obviously the craziest thing,” White said.
Meanwhile, this man was released from his contract for a small shove on a referee.
As for the rest of Conor’s antics, White has no issue working on McGregor time, pretty much saying he can come and go as he pleases. “Normal, typical stuff for Conor — showing up an hour late for the press conference.”
That was the case last week during the first UFC 229 press conference in New York City after Conor showed up late to Radio Music City Hall —by nearly an hour — for his first MMA-related presser in two years.
So much for having to respect people’s time.