Dana White defends Conor McGregor, UFC lightweight division from 'haters'

Dana White defends Conor McGregor, UFC lightweight division from 'haters'

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. Do you think that a deal could be reached to put Mayweather inside the Octagon for a fight? To make matters worse, he hasn't even stepped foot inside the Octagon to compete since November 2016, with no set timetable on when (or if) he will. The only thing he hasn't done is defend the 155-pound title.

UFC was quick to strip inaugural women's featherweight champion Germane de Randamie of her title in June four months after winning it for refusing to immediately face Cris "Cyborg" Justino.

"Let's get through the holidays and hopefully he starts to get the itch to come back and hopefully we can get him back this summer", UFC president Dana White told ESPN Thursday (h/t MMA Fighting).

White told ESPN that he is not interested in a St. Pierre vs. McGregor fight, and continued to shoot down rumors of negotiations between both fighters' camps.

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This year, McGregor took on Floyd Mayweather in a "money fight". "It is Conor's fault he did Mayweather, but we made a decision to do the Mayweather fight and everybody gave a [expletive]", White said.

"If Conor McGregor fights next year, that'll be awesome. So, how has he never defended the title?" "He fought everybody on his way up 145 pounds. So, we'll see." - Dana White on Skip and Shannon: Undisputed. If Conor McGregor doesn't fight, the UFC will go on.

One person you won't have to worry about seeing the Irishman fight, according to White, is Georges St-Pierre. However, White shot down any notion that the UFC should have stripped McGregor of the lightweight title by now. Tony Ferguson is the fight right now and is the move if he wants to come back.

The Dagestani Sambo expert may have to sit out until Ferguson and McGregor finally meet, though an actual second interim bout between Khabib and Tony has been mooted elsewhere.

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