For the past 14 months now, fans and other UFC fighters have been waiting on Conor McGregor’s return to MMA. Going on Dana White’s recent statement, things aren’t looking great right now…
Things have been a mess at 155 pounds since Conor McGregor claimed the title at UFC 205. Even the most loyal of McGregor’s followers can admit that. Although not all of it is the fault of the Irishman, the madness has ensued since he became champion.
Similarly, albeit for different reasons, to when he was featherweight champ, McGregor’s presence at the top the 155-pound class has proven chaotic. Sensing they would be without McGregor for some time, the promotion attempted two interim title fights in 2017.
Only one would actually happen, though, as Khabib Nurmagomedov would pull out of the UFC 209 bout with Tony Ferguson due to weight cutting issues. ‘El Cucuy’ would later claim the junior title by finishing Kevin Lee at UFC 216.
What’s in a Name?
Apparently, for Conor McGregor, his name value being paid means more than actually fighting. Fair play to the man, he wants a piece of the pie, but the UFC is reluctant to share their toys.
Dana White’s latest comments and an Instagram post from Khabib Nurmagomedov this morning might spell doom for McGregor’s current title reign.
Firstly, here’s Nurmagomedov dropping a massive hint that he has a fight announcement on the way:
Dana White: “Decision Are Being Made”
“And to the other fighters, not only to the sport but to the other fighters,” White told Kevin Iole of Yahoo in regards to McGregor owing the MMA world a title defense.
“This is a game of time, do you know what I mean? Time is your enemy in this sport or any other sport. When you’re a professional athlete, time is your enemy. And we can’t go on forever and not give guys the opportunity.
“Tony has been around for a long time and has earned his dues. Khabib has earned his dues. And the list goes on and on and on. So Conor has done very well, he’s made a lot of money.”
“And if he decides if he doesn’t want to fight again for another how long, that’s up to him. That’s his choice and his decision. But the belt has to move on. So we’ve got to figure some stuff out here in the next couple of months.”
The Time is…Who Knows
With McGregor remaining defiant, and Khabib with a fight incoming, White’s following comments tell you all you need to know:
“That’s what we’re going to continue to do, with or without anybody. As long as Conor is willing to fight by March, we could do Khabib versus Tony and then the winner fights Conor for the title,” said White. “Or, if Conor wants to sit out until next fall, then we’d have to make Khabib versus Tony for the title, not the interim title.”