UFC pres. Dana White fans the flames on Floyd Mayweather rumors

by Steven Clarke December 29, 2017, 1:48
UFC pres. Dana White fans the flames on Floyd Mayweather rumors

And it looks like we will have to wait some time before we see McGregor back in the Octagon as UFC President Dana White has revealed his plans for the organisation's UFC lightweight champion and undisputed pay-per-view king. In November of that year he claimed the 155-pound title and hasn't fought in the Octagon since. Prior to that announcement, White stated he would be "super pissed" if St-Pierre refused to defend the title, and that he was contractually obligated to do so.

"There is no status", White told ESPN.

White tells us. he's gunning to promote boxing in 2018 - but he's not targeting a Floyd vs. Conor McGregor rematch. When he won the 155-pound belt, he dropped the 145-pound belt, which we made him do.

There is no shortage of fighters eager to experience the kind of payday that accompanies fights with McGregor and even the likes of Manny Pacquiao are desperate to compete opposite the Dubliner.

Retired boxer Floyd Mayweather recently did an interview where he said that a fight in the UFC won't be happening. If Conor McGregor doesn't fight, the UFC will go on. People loved it, so somewhere down the line there's a possibility for a trilogy, but right now he has to defend his title against Tony Ferguson. "And I still don't", White said. "He fought everybody on his way up 145 pounds".

The former five-division champion has come out of retirement twice to box - first for a fight against Juan Manuel Marquez in September 2009, then for the McGregor spectacle.

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.

One thing Dana White did rule out, is a fight with Nate Diaz.

"He ain't fighting Conor McGregor", White said. "If he wants to come back, [UFC welterweight champion] Tyron Woodley or [middleweight champion] Robert Whittaker is waiting for him".

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