Dana White recently spoke to TMZ and revealed that Conor McGregor will be stripped of the UFC Lightweight title before UFC 223 scheduled for this April.
Conor McGregor last fought in August 2017 when he entered the boxing ring for the first time in a super fight against Floyd Mayweather. Since then, it has been unclear when and if the Notorious will return back to the UFC to defend his UFC Lightweight Title.
McGregor won his Lightweight title at UFC 205 back in November 2016 when he defeated former champion Eddie Alvarez by TKO. He has yet to defend his title therefor an interim title was made, currently held by Tony Ferguson. Confusion surrounded Ferguson vs Nurmagomedov for UFC 223 as it was unclear if the bout would be for the interim or undisputed title.
Having already been stripped of the Featherweight title the UFC will have no choice but to do the same again to McGregor’s Lightweight title.
“I said in the last press conference, that fight will be for the title,” Dana White told TMZ.“It’s not for the interim title, it’s for the title.”
When asked What Conor McGregor’s reaction to the news is White replied, “Is Conor upset ? No, Conor understands. You know, Conor made a lot of money, he wants some time off and the division has to go on and the business has to go on.”
Dana White said he would like to see Conor fight the winner of Ferguson vs Nurmagomedov but with the amount of money he has made he believes that he never return to the octagon.