But McGregor has repeatedly said that his career isn't over, and that he plans on fighting again.
White, who also told TMZ Sports on Thursday that he and Floyd Mayweather were now in "active negotiations", shared that McGregor is compliant with the likeliness that he loses his belt unless presumably agreeing to face the victor. "Period", McGregor wrote on Instagram, perhaps a direct response to UFC president Dana White's claim that McGregor may not return to the octagon because of how wealthy he is now.
The matter of what exactly the UFC is going to do with UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor may finally be settled.
The UFC lightweight champion would have fought Edgar at featherweight, he claimed.
"Please respect the insane amount of work outside the fight game that I have put in".
McGregor has been busy away from the UFC, with his boxing fight against Floyd Mayweather in August past year and subsequent talk of a rematch with the American.The Dubliner has not fought in the UFC in since November 2016 when he became the first double-weight champion after a second-round TKO victory over Eddie Alvarez.More news: In dieting, low-fat or low-carb are the same
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Everyone has been wondering if Conor McGregor will fight mixed martial arts again. Dana says Conor understands that he must strip the belt so the two guys can fight for the title.
In November, the UFC and McGregor (21-13) negotiated a new contract with the Irishman potentially defending his title at UFC 219 on December 30. McGregor's lightweight belt is going around the waist of the victor of Khabib Nurmagomedov vs Tony Ferguson at UFC 223 in NY. People in Russian Federation love MMA, they love UFC, so I can see why they want to be in there. "He's a liar. He should have fought Frankie two years ago".
As noted, this will be the second time the UFC management will take away a world championship off of McGregor, having previously stripped him of the Featherweight Title, which the Irishman captured by defeating Jose Aldo in 2015.
He added: "The only way a rematch makes sense in that fight is in the UFC".
"Listen, Conor made a lot of money, and he wants some time off, but the division has to go on, and the business has to go on", White told TMZ this week.