Titles, contracts, it doesn't matter, McGregor can decide whatever he wants to do and that's one of the things that makes him so compelling, yet so frustrating.
McGregor (21-3 MMA, 9-1 UFC), the No. 1 ranked fighter in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA lightweight rankings and No. 3 pound-for-pound fighter, has yet to defend the lightweight title he won in November 2016.
"He needs to defend that title".
Dana White reveals likely time frame for McGregor's UFC return
"There is no status", White told ESPN.
A timeframe for McGregor's return to the UFC is now unknown, and White has acknowledged on several occasions that the lightweight division needs to move forward. He tried not to do it, but he contractually had to let go of the 145-pound belt. UFC president Dana White, however, doesn't see that fight happening, and has serious questions about whether St. Pierre intends to ever fight again. White wasn't happy with St-Pierre's decision to vacate the title and was quick to shut down speculation that the French-Canadian may face McGregor in what would certainly be the biggest fight that can be made in the UFC.
Given the financial reward he earned by boxing Floyd Mayweather last August, many had thought that Conor McGregor would never return to the Octagon, but he recently said that he still has a passion for fighting and that an MMA bout would be next for him.
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"There's some f-- exaggeration in saying the guy has never defended a title", White said. It looks like if Conor McGregor doesn't come back promptly to fight Tony Ferguson, he will not be stripped.
It was nonetheless an indication that a comeback was soon forthcoming, with interim 155lb. champion Tony Ferguson waiting in the wings.
One thing Dana White did rule out, is a fight with Nate Diaz.
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Reuters/Mathieu BelangerUltimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight and former welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre is shown in this photo. "They're both waiting, if Georges wants to come back".
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