UFC president Dana White has revealed the promotion currently don’t have any fights in the works for Conor McGregor. The former two-division champion made his long-awaited return to the Octagon in January against Donald Cerrone in the main event of UFC 246 in Las Vegas.
McGregor’s comeback fight was over in an instant as he decimated Cerrone in 40 seconds to pick up his first victory in over three years.
Late last month, it was reported the Irishman’s representatives were in preliminary talks with the UFC brass over a summer showdown with the in-form Justin Gaethje.
That notion was promptly dismissed by Gaethje’s manager Ali Abdelaziz, who branded suggestions of negotiations being underway as ‘fake news’.
And White has appeared to echo that sentiment, insisting no fights are in the pipeline for the promotion’s poster boy.
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No, not yet.
Dana White when asked if he’s got any fights lined up for Conor McGregor
“No, not yet,” said the UFC chief when asked if he’s got any fights lined up for McGregor.
White has been in constant contact with McGregor and believes the former featherweight and lightweight king is torn between staying active or holding out for a rematch with Khabib Nurmagomedov, who will defend his 155lb crown against Tony Ferguson next month at UFC 249.
“He doesn’t know what he wants to do. I think he’s going to [wait for Khabib]. The fight’s coming up with Khabib.
“We’ll see how this thing plays out and go from there. But nothing yet from him.”
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McGregor, 31, has been relatively quiet since his demotion job of Cerrone and has yet to speak out on whom he wants to fight next.
The UFC’s first simultaneous two-division champion is hoping to return to his active ways this year, so much so he’s refusing to put all his eggs in one basket when it comes to his next opponent.
“I don’t think the who matters,” McGregor said during the UFC 246 post-fight press conference. “Okay, the lightweight title will be there. That will be there.
“You see the difference in the physique, the preparation and that. That will come back around, that shot.
“I’m certainly not gonna – if [Nurmagomedov vs. Ferguson] does go ahead – sit out and wait and then wait through holidays and injuries and all this type of thing that goes with it.
“The who doesn’t matter for me now. I’m looking at dates now and I know March was there.
“I’m gonna have a look at the calendar and see where we’re at.”
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