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Dana White Reveals Targeted Return Date, Opponent For Conor McGregor

29 December 2017

The Showtime executive, with whom Mayweather has a close relationship, doesn't expect the 40-year-old Mayweather to box again, either.

It was hoped that McGregor would return to the Octagon in the main event of UFC 219 to defend his title and see 2017 out in style but discussions on that were given the kibosh after his ill-advised antics at a Bellator event in Dublin. 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.

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In vacating his middleweight belt, GSP violated a clause in his contract that mandated he defend his title, should he win.

- Dana White, back to the real world. Instead, he attempted to fight for the lightweight title but Rafael dos Anjos suffered an injury and McGregor instead jumped up to the 170-pound weight class to face Nate Diaz in March of 2016.

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"It wasn't Conor's fault [dos Anjos] got hurt. So, we'll see." - Dana White on Skip and Shannon: Undisputed. It is Conor's fault he did Mayweather, but we made a decision to do the Mayweather fight and everybody gave a f--. The last time we heard from one Floyd Mayweather Jr., he was saying that he could fight in UFC if he really wanted to. "And after the fight, every fighter in the UFC gave him props for representing the sport". In the meantime, the UFC crowned an interim lightweight champion in Tony Ferguson in October.

One person you won't have to worry about seeing the Irishman fight, according to White, is Georges St-Pierre. If Conor McGregor doesn't fight, the UFC will go on. However, White shot down any notion that the UFC should have stripped McGregor of the lightweight title by now. "The question is does he want to come back and do it?"

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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.

Dana White Reveals Targeted Return Date, Opponent For Conor McGregor