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Dana White Says Conor McGregor Can't Use MMA Moves vs. Floyd Mayweather

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistJuly 14, 2017

UFC president Dana White, center, intervenes as Floyd Mayweather Jr., left, and Conor McGregor exchange words during a news conference at Staples Center Tuesday, July 11, 2017, in Los Angeles. The two will fight in a boxing match in Las Vegas on Aug. 26. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Jae C. Hong/Associated Press

If Conor McGregor has any designs on breaking out MMA moves against Floyd Mayweather Jr. on Aug. 26, UFC president Dana White did his best to dissuade him Thursday.

When asked about the possibility of McGregor going beyond the rules of boxing, White made it clear that it won't be tolerated, according to Zach Braziller of the New York Post: "He would have a lawsuit against him that would destroy Conor's life, and Mayweather would win. It absolutely cannot happen. He would be sued beyond belief if he does anything but hit Floyd Mayweather with his hands to the head and body."

McGregor responded, "We'll see on the night," when the subject of pulling from his MMA background came up.

Both White and Showtime Sports executive vice president Stephen Espinoza said that language in the fight contract would punish McGregor significantly if he pulled any such stunt.

In addition to McGregor getting disqualified, Mayweather would stand to be in line for an even bigger payday than he already is due to a potential lawsuit.

The bout with Mayweather will mark McGregor's first professional boxing match, while the 40-year-old Mayweather is a perfect 49-0.

McGregor is 21-3 in MMA and is the reigning UFC lightweight champion, but that fact isn't likely to do him much good in the boxing realm.

Despite his lack of boxing experience, McGregor guaranteed an early knockout of Mayweather during Tuesday's press conference, per Brian Campbell of CBS Sports.

Mayweather has never been knocked out in his professional career, and he has 26 knockout wins to his credit. 

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