McGregor title in doubt ahead of UFC lightweight bout

McGregor title in doubt ahead of UFC lightweight bout

McGregor title in doubt ahead of UFC lightweight bout

When asked if that meant McGregor has been stripped of the title, White said: "We'll see what happens".

It's now official - interim lightweight champion Tony Ferguson will fight khabib Nurmagomedov in the main event of UFC 223 on April 7th in Brooklyn, New York.

White recently told Fox Sports that the organisation would likely strip McGregor of his title if he refused to fight again soon.

McGregor was previously stripped of his featherweight belt for not defending it, and following on from UFC 223, he will become the first UFC fighter to be stripped of two different titles.

White continued upon a similar theme here, saying: "Conor's saying, 'Maybe I'll come back in August, maybe I'll come back in September".

"If it happens that they fight each other, and if it happens that it's for the belt, they're both going to bed at night think to themselves, 'I've got to beat Conor to be really seen as the champ.' That's how I see it".

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.

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White was appearing at a press conference with the fighters and introduced Ferguson, now the interim champ, as "the champion" - so was immediately asked if he had an update on McGregor's status.

Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson have a fight date for a fourth time.

The anticipation for Nurmagomedov (25-0) and Ferguson (23-3) to meet in the main event of UFC 223, meanwhile, has amplified into a frenzy, given how dominant the Russian Nurmagomedov was on December 30 in defeating No. 4-rated lightweight Edson Barboza by unanimous decision.

"It's undisputed. The guy who wins this fight will be the champion". That's not fair to the rest of the guys in the division.

McGregor has been absent from the UFC since November of 2016.

"I take so much s*** for how much I like Conor McGregor and everything else, but the division has to go on". "I said that Conor can't hold up the title for two years".

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