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Conor McGregor offered me a $3million bet he will beat Mendes - UFC chief Dana White

Published 07/07/2015 | 20:18

McGregor with Dana White as he squares up to Jose Aldo
McGregor with Dana White as he squares up to Jose Aldo

UFC chief Dana White has revealed that Conor McGregor offered him a staggering $3million bet that he would knock out Chad Mendes in Las Vegas this Saturday night.

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McGregor is well known for his cockiness and predictions ahead of each fight he competes in and White has now revealed the extent of that confidence.

White was on the Jim Rome Show this evening when he revealed McGregor is willing to gamble $3million with White and UFC CEO Lorenzo Fertitta.

"You want to know how confident this kid is?" White asked. "I can't even believe I'm going to say this, but, he told Lorenzo and I the other day ‘I'll bet you $3 million I knock him out in the second round'.

"I like to bet, I don't know if I'm that willing to take that bet," White said. "When I tell you how extremely confident this guy is in himself, it's fascinating. He is a very unique, fascinating person to listen to. Fun to listen to, and fun to watch."

McGregor must drop just under two stone in just under a week to make his weight for Saturday's interim UFC featherweight title fight with Chad Mendes in Las Vegas.

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The Dubliner weighed in at 145lbs exactly when he demolished Denis Siver in Boston earlier this year and must do likewise again this week.

"He's a very big guy. I was impressed with how big he is," Chael Sonnen, a former UFC fighter, told Jim Rome as he spoke about his time with McGregor at ESPN. "I was like 'Conor, what do you weigh?', he said 'I'm around 172 lbs'. He's got to be 145 lbs in eight days."

"He's going to be a little bit bigger than Chad. I don't know if that helps or not. It might slow him down. He's a big guy," he continued. "I've (cut that much weight) before, but I'm considerably bigger. Percentage-wise, I wouldn't have to lose quite as much."

"I don't know how he's going to do it. He's very lean. He has a very busy schedule. He's training at Las Vegas. He was just in LA with Conan O'Brien last night. He's in New York for Reebok a day before that. He was in Connecticut the day before that," he said. "One, how does he do the weight? And two, how does he find the time? I don't know."

McGregor has spoken about making the move to the 155lb weight division in the future.

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