Conor McGregor's coach makes big statement on potential title stripping

Conor McGregor's coach makes big statement on potential title stripping

Is it an interim title fight or is it a belt fight?

It has already been 14 months since McGregor last set foot in the Octagon, when he took the lightweight title from Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205 in NY. But all signs indicate that this could be the end for McGregor as lightweight champion. "The Notorious" unified the featherweight title with his shocking knockout of Aldo in December 2015 before moving up to welterweight to fight lightweight fan-favorite Nate Diaz in two explosive bouts in 2016. The main event of UFC 222, which takes place at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on March 3, will see Max Holloway defend the UFC featherweight title against Frankie Edgar. McGregor has been afforded opportunities which would have never been allowed if it wasn't for his legendary self-promotion and ability to sell pay-per-views into their millions.

White warned: "Conor has said he's thinking about coming back in September". It's not fair to everybody else. Everybody knows that. I say it all the time.

White alluded to the possibility of interim champion Tony Ferguson fighting outstanding candidate Khabib Nurmagomedov for the light-heavyweight championship.

"You do Khabib vs. I think it would be a little bit like the Eddie Alvarez fight, and he was stopped in the second".

Ferguson and Nurmagomedov are now ranked as number one and number two in the lightweight division respectively, so it makes sense for this fight to happen if McGregor is not going to be fighting anytime soon.

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"They clearly refer to Tony Ferguson as interim champ and don't make mention of McGregor", he responded to a later Tweet.

The Russian star's record is second-to-none, with his nine UFC victories in a row just being a part of an undefeated record that spans some 25 fights, dating back as far as 2008.

"(Edson) Barboza is a great kicker, but I think trying spinning kicks on somebody who can close the distance quick like Khabib - and has a body-lock heavy grappling game - maybe isn't the best idea.

For White, it is clear who will fight for the vacant lightweight belt if and when McGregor gets stripped. It doesn't really matter.

"I don't think he really has the stopping power to finish him".

Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson will fight for the title in McGregor's absence - but McGregor would get "first crack" at his old belt "if and when" he does return to the sport. "FERGUSON looks to claim UFC gold for the first time while maintaining his flawless record".

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