Dana White’s frantic pre-fight phone call to Conor McGregor before Cerrone win

Dana White has revealed that he was forced to make a frantic pre-fight phone call to Conor McGregor over Kamaru Usman's 'hacked' tweets.

Former UFC champion Usman's account showed a series of posts aimed at McGregor ahead of his return to the Octagon over Donald Cerrone.

The first read: "Let's be real, my man [Conor McGregor] is a f****** Irish punk who won't be winning today" which seemed out of place given the fighter's usual demeanour.

But subsequent tweets which took aim at the Dubliner and his family made it clear Usman's account had been hacked, something later confirmed by his team.

They read: "Conor McGregor is a Irish pussy, n**** I'll f*** your wife while slapping the f*** outta you punk.

"I'll be raw dogging the f*** outta [McGregor's] wife on gang n****."

The hacker then proceeded to post pictures which appeared to show Usman's bank balance is close to $500,000.

And UFC chief White has explained how he had to call McGregor to warn him about the messages.

White said: "I phoned Conor and said don't do anything, don't react.

"Usman and [manager] Ali [Abdelaziz] were sitting right in front of where Conor came out.

"The first thing I did was to tell Conor; he didn't believe he was hacked.

"They put his bank account and his pin out there, that's crazy s***."

Irishman McGregor took just 40-seconds to beat Cerrone at UFC 246 – his first victory in three years.

The Notorious was "sceptical" of "f***weasel" Usman's claims that he was hacked.

McGregor said: "I am sceptical of that. One came through early and it had all the hallmarks of that f ***  weasel Ali.

"They give him control of the accounts. He gets something and writes it through their thing.

"I've been in discussions with these athletes about helping them out and I know what would happen.

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