Dana White, UFC brass is not going to let Conor McGregor remain the UFC lightweight champion if he does not have plans of fighting until the later part of 2018.
While it hasn’t been officially announced yet, all signs point to the UFC stripping lightweight champ Conor McGregor of his title in the next few days.
Dana White while Speaking on the Toucher and Rich radio show on Wednesday, said that the fight between Tony Ferguson and Khabib Nurmagomedov is going to take place for the undisputed lightweight title at UFC 223 in Brooklyn on April 7th. And it sounds like he plans on stripping the belt from Conor Mcgregor so division can move along.
“He can’t hold up the title, can’t hold up the whole division,” White said (transcribed by Ryan Harkness for Uproxx). “There’s a lot of guys that I have to deal with every day that aren’t worth the aggravation. This kid is worth the aggravation and I have so much respect for him, what he’s accomplished, what he’s done. If he wants to ride off into the sunset with his money for the rest of his life, I don’t blame him. And if he wants to come back and fight, we’ll get him back in. He just can’t hold the division hostage.”
White was blunt when asked how you stop Mcgregor from holding up the division.
“You take the belt,” White stated. “In any sport, the NBA, the NFL, hockey, whatever it may be. No one guy can hold the whole sport hostage. It just doesn’t happen. When Conor was getting ready for this Mayweather fight, I was already making plans for Conor to never come back. The company and the business goes on, and there will be other stars. The NBA didn’t roll it up and pack it up when Jordan left. And they won’t when LeBron goes either. The list goes on and on.”
He also talked up a potential future fight between Conor McGregor and undefeated Khabib Nurmagomedov.
“People right now would love to see Conor McGregor vs. Khabib the Russian,” he said. “And that would be a massive fight. I could do that fight in the United States and that would be big. And I could do that fight in Russia, there isn’t a stadium big enough in the country for that fight.”
Do you think we will ever see Conor Mcgregor back to UFC octagon if his lightweight title is stripped from him?