I think it meant a lot for them to have him at their show, and they didn't think about what would happen if things boiled over.
"I've been secretly training", De La Hoya declared on Golden Boy Radio.
It's not clear if De La Hoya is being entirely serious.
To be fair, that penalty will be far more detrimental to the UFC than McGregor himself but one would expect a fine of some sort to follow suit. He would also have marginally more chance of success against an older fighter who has been inactive for almost a decade and lost four out of his last seven bouts.
Boxing legend Oscar De La Hoya has thrown his name into the hat to be Conor McGregor's next opponent, nine years after his last fight.
In an astonishing announcement the former boxer who is now aged 44, revealed that he is secretly in training for a showdown with the current UFC lightweight champion.
"I'm faster than ever". Two rounds. That's all I need.
There's no time frame for a return right now, or whether the UFC would be interested in another co-promotion with De La Hoya's "Golden Boy Promotions".
And before we write the bout off as an impossibility, let's all remember that everybody dismissed the initial talk of Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor as absolutely ridiculous but then August came around and they actually met in the ring. How I feel now from my training.
Despite being retired for nearly a decade, Oscar De La Hoya believes he could destroy Conor McGregor. "I don't know what it is, but I'll tell you now that I've never felt so good before in my life".
Ryan also states that when McGregor hopped into the cage, the action influenced the call made by the referee in the fight.
A match between De La Hoya and McGregor seems plausible.
Oscar De La Hoya, a 10-time world title victor and former pay-per-view giant, has teased the idea of a possible return to the boxing ring.