McGregor Says UFC Will Strip Him of Nothing

Posted April 06, 2018

White confirmed that McGregor will make his return to the Octagon later this year for the first time since he became the first two-weight champion in UFC history with his victory over Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205 in November, 2016.

McGregor's arrival for UFC 223 likely is based around his desire to support SBG Ireland teammate Artem Lobov (13-14-1 MMA, 2-4 UFC), who fights Alex Caceres (13-11 MMA, 8-9 UFC) on the card. He was stripped of the featherweight belt two weeks later. Conor is losing the the belt.

Khabib is fighting for Conor's lightweight title on Saturday and media was informed yesterday that McGregor would be stripped of his belt before Saturday's event due to inactivity. Also per President Dana White, McGregor will not be at the show.

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Tony Ferguson was previously slated to fight the Russian Federation, but pulled out with injury and White clarified his interim title status and what is happening with McGregor's belt. He has yet to defend the belt as he was involved in one of the biggest boxing bouts of all time when he challenged undefeated Floyd Mayweather Jr., in August 2017. "But no, I don't think Conor has any plans to be here".

McGregor appears to be the obvious option should Nurmagomedov win after White expressed his concerns over booking another meeting with Ferguson.

Dana White has said that Conor McGregor "understands" why he won't be the UFC's lightweight champ once Khabib Nurmagomedov and Max Holloway battle at UFC 223. Not that McGregor ever needs help selling a fight, but that matchup now sells itself.

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Details are still breaking on what happened, but expect McGregor to be a major part of the UFC 223 festivities, and this incident to be a major story over the coming days.

"They stormed the building, got down to the loading docks where the fighters were getting on buses and started to attack the buses with trash cans, dollies", White said. But the Irishman has a message for White and the UFC.

"This is obviously a fight which is very important to him and his future".

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