Conor McGregor looks set to defend his UFC lightweight title against the victor of a mandatory bout between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson, according to Dana White.
Despite McGregor not only applying for a boxing license in California and Las Vegas but focusing solely on boxing training, White still sees the Irishman’s future in the octagon and not the squared circle.
The 27 year-old is heavily being linked to facing pound for pound king Floyd Mayweather Jr. in the next twelve months after McGregor returns from a sabbatical ahead of the birth of his first child in 2017.
As rumours swirl, White admits he’s still in the dark regarding what ‘The Notorious’ has in store next but Khabib or Ferguson, who meet at UFC 209, are due to challenge for the championship in McGregor’s possession whatever happens.
“I don’t know where we’re at. We’re nowhere. Conor wouldn’t train with anybody, Conor’s got his own team and his own crew,” White told TMZ Sport.
“I expect Conor’s next fight to be in the UFC, in mixed martial arts and the against the winner of Khabib and Ferguson,” he added before addressing a lot of respected MMA views that McGregor is possibly trying to avoid a meeting with solid and undefeated sambo specialist Nurmagomedov.
“Listen, people have been doubting Conor since the day he first stepped onto the scene. Look, Khabib is awesome, Khabib is tough, but, people have been doubting him (McGregor) since day one.”
Mayweather took to Showtime on Friday night’s telecast to state the following regarding his own ambitions to face McGregor.
“I’m here, let’s make it happen,” Mayweather told Steve Farhood.
“Every time McGregor goes out there and competes and wins, he do it standing up. When Conor McGregor did lose, he lost on the ground. He didn’t lose standing up so here a hell of a fighter.
“He’s a very, very tough competitor and he has a will to win. Also, the UFC gloves are no different to boxing gloves, they just a little bit smaller. But if a guy got power, he got power and Conor McGregor got power.”
Asked by Farhood how much it would take to get him back in the ring, the newly-turned 40 year-old stated: “We don’t really have to talk about that. We already know what my number is (nine figures). My number is there and he has to get his thing in order with his team. Once Conor McGregor speaks to the UFC and his bosses, then we can make it happen because we all know that Floyd Mayweather is his own boss.
“We got Showtime PPV, Mayweather Promotions – which is the past, the present and the future of sports entertainment so let’s make the fight happen.”