CONOR McGREGOR has ‘followed’ Jake Paul’s boxing manager on Instagram – sparking speculation of a super money feud.
Paul has long considered the UFC legend as his dream opponent, and once stated has a $50 million offer for McGregor.
The Irish still chose to largely ignore the captions and barely even acknowledge the Youtuber’s 5-0 winner.
But now, eagle-eyed fans on social media have noticed that McGregor has recently been stalking Paul’s manager and mentor Nakisa Bidarian.
Additionally, Bidarian was the UFC’s CFO until 2016 and has been in the front row for The Notorious’ rise to superstardom.
But since leaving the UFC, he’s helped build Paul into a the appeal of pay-per-view boxing.
And even though McGregor refused to socialize with the Americans, Paul insisted on talking for a lucrative boxing match took place behind the scenes.
I said Graham Bensinger last year: “His [McGregor’s] the manager is good friends with my manager and one of my other mentors and they talk constantly about making that happen.
“They were like, ‘Well we’re down, we’re on it’.”
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Despite Paul’s statement, UFC fighters are prohibited from competing outside of MMA promotions unless specifically authorized.
McGregor was given the chance to face Floyd Mayweather, 44, in a boxing fight in 2017.
But UFC president Dana White has spent the last year feuding with Paul, leaving the polarizing celebrity to question whether he will bend the rules again.
“I think Dana White is the number one obstacle,” he said.
“If Dana let Conor out of his contract to stage a boxing match, I think it’s essential to make it happen.”
Paul knocked out two of White’s predecessors, Ben Askren, 37, and then Tyron Woodley, 39.
It was added to KO via Youtuber ‘AnEsonGib’, 37-year-old former NBA player Nate Robinson.
Paul initially beat Woodley on points in August and then signed on to fight Tommy Fury, 22, in December.
But Fury went away with a bacterial chest infection and broken ribs, prompting Woodley to fill out a two-week notice, only to lose in the sixth round.
Paul, still yet to face an opponent with professional boxing experience, later named UFC couple Jorge Masvidal, 37, and Nate Diaz, 36.
But in a podcast interview with former boxing coach Teddy Atlas, White did Quick to shoot down ideas.
“You notice how he wants to fight all the people who aren’t in his weight class, the older guys and all these bulls,” White said.
“Go fight a boxer. Go limp on someone else’s leg, you idiot.”
https://www.the-sun.com/sport/4478720/ufc-conor-mcgregor-jake-paul-boxing-manager/ UFC star Conor McGregor ‘follows’ boxing manager Jake Paul on Instagram to fuel super money hatefight speculation