Everyone wants to know about UFC champ Conor Mcgregor. Dana White who is hoping to bring the lightweight division back into action by next year.
UFC’s undisputed 155-pound champion Mcgregor, who hasn’t defended the title since he knocked out Eddie Alvarez back in November 2016.
Dana White speaking to ESPN’s Brett Okamoto, if UFC champ returns, he has to defend the title against Tony Ferguson. Moreover, White shut down any ideas that the UFC should have stripped McGregor of the lightweight title by now.
“For people to suggest that [Conor McGregor be stripped of his UFC lightweight title], you’re just a Conor hater. Because if you look at how everything played out, Conor has fought everybody. When he won the 155-pound belt, he dropped the 145-pound belt, which we made him do. He tried not to do it, but he contractually had to let go of the 145-pound belt. He became the 155-pound champion, and his next fight was against Floyd Mayweather. He has to defend the title now. So, how has he never defended the title?”
“There’s some f-cking exaggeration in saying the guy’s never defended a title. He fought everybody on his way up 145 pounds. He fought [Chad] Mendes, [Dustin] Poirier. He beat Max Holloway, the only guy to beat Max Holloway in four years. It wasn’t Conor’s fault [Rafael dos Anjos] got hurt. It is Conor’s fault he did Mayweather, but we decided to do the Mayweather fight and everybody gave a f-ck. And after the fight, every fighter in the UFC gave him props for representing the sport.”
This is becoming a similar situation to late 2015, when Irishman won the UFC’s featherweight title by knocking out Jose Aldo. He immediately changed the weight division but did not relinquish that title for 11 months.
No doubt Conor McGregor is the biggest MMA superstar in history, but one thing that annoys him more about not defending the title.
Mcgregor was last seen in action in his highly anticipated multi-million boxing debut against Floyd Mayweather. He lost the bout via tenth round stoppage, but he banked millions. After seeing the huge money, certainly, Irishman doesn’t have to fight again.
But White is hopeful that his lightweight champion returns to action by next summer and unify the title.