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Dana White: Rumors of ‘modified rules’ Mayweather-McGregor rematch aren’t ‘even close to true’

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UFC president Dana White shuts down the rumor that Floyd Mayweather will fight Conor McGregor in the UFC under special rules.

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You might have seen a tweet on Monday from Omar Al Raisi, editor-in-chief of The Sports Journal, claiming that there will be a rematch between Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather Jr. under the UFC banner, with a slew of modified rules that effectively make it a boxing match in a cage.

He quickly backtracked that bit about “Floyd will fight Conor” on Monday.

Still, the original tweets caught fire and there were those who wanted to know from UFC president Dana White if this was actually happening. In an unsurprising response, it looks like this is all just bunk.

McGregor was recently removed as UFC lightweight champion after Khabib Nurmagomedov’s win over Al Iaquinta at UFC 223. He is currently out on bail and facing multiple charges of misdemeanor assault, as well as felony criminal mischief after being caught on camera attacking the fighters’ bus during fight week in Brooklyn.

Mayweather was recently interviewed by Showtime Sports’ Jim Gray about coming out of retirement for the umpteenth time, and while he never mentioned fighting McGregor again, he said any return would have to to be inside the Octagon.

I’m sorry to say that the circus is still in town and isn’t going away any time soon.