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Conor McGregor addresses leaking of private Instagram messages with Dana White ahead of UFC 257 rematch with Poirier

CONOR MCGREGOR admits he was immensely frustrated when he leaked his private messages with UFC president Dana White.

White was furious with his actions, branding them the 'one of the dirtiest things you can do.'

McGregor, 32, was upset at the time, telling ESPN: "When I was putting that out, obviously there was frustrations because I was campaigning for a fight and it was like [the UFC was saying], ‘I wasn’t campaigning for a fight,’ and I was a bit upset with that.

“Then me putting them out was around the time that Diego [Sanchez] was giving me a lot of respect in the media and he had just had a fight and a victory.

"I wanted to show my respect and say Diego I am actually looking for a bout against you also. I have no problem competing against you.

"I understand Diego may be on the tail-end of his career, but it wasn’t like it was just a one-and-all.

“It was part of a collection of bouts I was looking for. I wanted activity. I’m a competitor and a competitor needs activity.

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"It is what it is, it went the way it went, all in the past.”

McGregor and White have since hashed out their issues, with their reconciliation paving the way for The Notorious to headline the UFC's first show of 2021.

But White admits his relationship with the UFC's poster boy on the rocks, telling ESPN: "We were in a really bad place then, I was really upset.

"It wasn’t because he put out private messages.

"We were talking about another fighter. And I like Diego Sanchez. I have a lot of respect for Diego Sanchez.

"I care about Diego Sanchez. I talked to Diego face-to-face about it, and being the great human being he is, we’re all good.

“I was really upset with Conor, but we fixed that and now we’re all good.”

McGregor, 22-4, will return to the octagon this weekend in the main event of UFC 257 in Abu Dhabi, where he'll rematch former featherweight rival Dustin Poirier.

The former two-division champion made light work of the American in their first meeting six years ago, knocking him out inside two minutes at UFC 178.

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