UFC President Dana White Says Conor McGregor Is Not Signing With WWE

appearance on Good Day New York, White didn’t even allow show co-host Sukanya Krishnan to finish her question about the possible partnership, before cutting in to say, “It’s not true. It’s absolutely not true.”

UFC President Dana White says Conor McGregor won’t sign a deal with WWE (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)

Talk of the potential signing picked up some steam on Wednesday when the UK Sun reported that McGregor and the WWE were close to signing a deal.

“I literally just texted (WWE Chairman and CEO) Vince McMahon five minutes ago,” White said before showing co-host Rosanna Scott the texts from McMahon.

Those texts from the head of the WWE read, “News to me,” and “It might be a good idea someday, but not now.”

For now, it looks like McGregor’s next appearance will be inside the UFC octagon.

McGregor had a very lucrative 2016. In the two fights he competed in where salaries were disclosed, UFC 196 and UFC 202, the Irish fighter made $4 million in salary alone. That doesn’t count official bonuses, discretionary bonuses, sponsorship dollars or UFC Outfitting Policy Pay. His other 2016 bout, a November win over Eddie Alvarez did not have a disclosed payout, but the event, which McGregor and Alvarez headlined was a huge success. The card, UFC 205, pulled in a reported gate of $17.7 million and drew a crowd of 20,427 to Madison Square Garden. The gate receipts broke the UFC record by more than $5 million.

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On Thursday, UFC President Dana White tried to put an end to the rumor that UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor is in talks to join the WWE for WrestleMania 34.

During an appearance on Good Day New York, White didn’t even allow show co-host Sukanya Krishnan to finish her question about the possible partnership, before cutting in to say, “It’s not true. It’s absolutely not true.”

UFC President Dana White says Conor McGregor won’t sign a deal with WWE (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)

Talk of the potential signing picked up some steam on Wednesday when the UK Sun reported that McGregor and the WWE were close to signing a deal.

“I literally just texted (WWE Chairman and CEO) Vince McMahon five minutes ago,” White said before showing co-host Rosanna Scott the texts from McMahon.

Those texts from the head of the WWE read, “News to me,” and “It might be a good idea someday, but not now.”

For now, it looks like McGregor’s next appearance will be inside the UFC octagon.

McGregor had a very lucrative 2016. In the two fights he competed in where salaries were disclosed, UFC 196 and UFC 202, the Irish fighter made $4 million in salary alone. That doesn’t count official bonuses, discretionary bonuses, sponsorship dollars or UFC Outfitting Policy Pay. His other 2016 bout, a November win over Eddie Alvarez did not have a disclosed payout, but the event, which McGregor and Alvarez headlined was a huge success. The card, UFC 205, pulled in a reported gate of $17.7 million and drew a crowd of 20,427 to Madison Square Garden. The gate receipts broke the UFC record by more than $5 million.

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