UFC's Dana White Denies Report He's Out of Mayweather-McGregor Talks

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Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Well, Dana White is calling bullsh*t.

White had previously stated that a deal between the UFC and McGregor on their side of the fight had been completed, paving the way to open negotiations with Mayweather's team.

According to the report, which was penned by Lance Pugmire and appeared on the Los Angeles Times website, executives from WME-IMG, the Hollywood talent agency that bought the UFC for a staggering sum a year ago, have taken over from White and are involved in ongoing talks with Mayweather's manager Al Haymon.

"We live in a world right now where you can't believe anything you read", White said. "The L.A. Times is putting out that, who else would be running the Mayweather, McGregor deal than me?", asked Dana.

Either way, the fight appears to be closer towards becoming a reality than it has ever been.

Last month McGregor attempted to force the issue by announcing he had signed on the dotted line for the fight to happen.

Now it's just a matter of reaching an agreement with Mayweather, who was the biggest draw in boxing history prior to his retirement in 2015. This win also tied him with Rocky Marciano's legendary ideal career record.

It comes after McGregor's coach John Kavanagh said he would not be seeking help from legendary boxing trainer Freddie Roach in preparation for the bout - billed as "The Billion Dollar Fight". This victory made McGregor the first fighter in UFC history to hold belts in two separate weight classes at the same time.

When TMZ responded that according to the L.A. Times, WME was leading the talks, White retorted, "What does WME know about making big fights?". "Trust me, I'm running the Mayweather, McGregor deal..."

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