DANA WHITE has told Conor McGregor to forget being handed part ownership of the UFC.
Notorious, 30, announced he was retiring from MMA yesterday, with many accusing him of deploying a negotiation tactic to get more money.
McGregor has asked for a share of the UFC in the past but White warned him he would have to buy his way in like everybody else.
The UFC president, 49, told TMZ Sports: “I was surprised. It came out of nowhere.
“A lot of people were speculating that it was posturing because of negotiations but we really haven’t been negotiating that hard.
“He sent me a text and he said ‘I feel like I should own a piece of the company,’ and I said ‘Conor you know that’s never going to happen’.
“Listen if you want to own a piece of the company, you have to put up the money to buy a piece of the company – that’s how it works.
“If you wanted to buy into the UFC right now, the valuation is pretty huge.
“I’ve never had a bad conversation with Conor McGregor since he’s been in the UFC. ”
White insists the UFC can survive without McGregor – just like it did when Ronda Rousey moved to the WWE.
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He added: “I’ve been hearing that one, when every star was coming up to the end of their career, people been saying that to me for 20 years.
“We’ve been the trailblazers in this business for the last 20 years and we’re going to be for the next 20 years too.
“The stuff that we’re working on is so huge, it’s amazing when we have stars like Georges St-Pierre and Anderson Silva and Conor McGregor and Ronda Rousey. But it’s part of sports – there will be others.”