Dana White: 'Conor McGregor tried to bet me $3 million that he'll KO Chad Mendes'

Published Jul. 7, 2015 4:50 p.m. ET

Conor McGregor will get his chance to back up all his boisterous talk this Saturday at UFC 189. The featherweight title challenger has not been shy about blasting away -- first at champion Jose Aldo, and now at last-minute replacement Chad Mendes.

All the talk will come to a head in Las Vegas in UFC 189 main event and McGregor no doubt intends to once again prove he can predict his own fights. However, the Irish knockout artist is so confident in his chances against Mendes that he apparently didn't want to wait until fight night to put his money where his mouth is.

According to an interview UFC president Dana White gave to Jim Rome, McGregor has tried to wager literally millions of dollars with him and UFC co-owner and CEO Lorenzo Fertitta on the outcome of UFC 189.

"You want to know how confident this kid is?" White asked, rhetorically.

"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.' "

White is certainly a betting man, and has become famous in Las Vegas for his high-stakes gambling and generous tipping. However, it sounds as though he wisely declined to bet a UFC fighter on the outcome of a UFC fight.

"I like to bet, I don't know if I'm that willing to take that bet," White admitted.


"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."

Whether McGregor gets your goat or you love his fighting and bombastic style outside the cage, you have to admit that the Dubliner isn't afraid to risk it all and that he's as confident as they come.