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


At this time, White said there is no update on his next move. That and GSP has said that putting on weight to make the 185-pound limit was detrimental to his health.

White, however, has continually maintained that the UFC is in talks about bringing the 50-0 boxer into the fold.

White was wearing Zuffa Boxing shirts on the press tour for the boxing super fight between McGregor and Mayweather and has been a boxing fan for decades.

"He had come out earlier and said - that's why people were asking me about it, and I said don't count anything out on him coming over to the UFC, that anything is possible".

"He needs to defend that 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.

With Conor McGregor's year-end return off the table, UFC President Dana White is shifting his attention to another high season for pay-per-view business.

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The UFC initially booked that fight for March 2016, but dos Anjos pulled out and was replaced by Nate Diaz.

First and foremost, McGregor doesn't need the money. "He fought everybody on his way up 145 pounds". He fought [Chad] Mendes, [Dustin] Poirier.

Dana White says that if Georges St-Pierre does return, it won't be for a fight against Conor McGregor.

"There's some f--ing exaggeration in saying the guy's never defended a title", White said.

"It wasn't Conor's fault [dos Anjos] got hurt. And after the fight, every fighter in the UFC gave him props for representing the sport".

White told ESPN that he's "hopeful" McGregor will return no later than next summer.

It was nonetheless an indication that a comeback was soon forthcoming, with interim 155lb. champion Tony Ferguson waiting in the wings.