Watch: White focused on McGregor facing Mayweather, rules out imminent UFC return
UFC champion Conor McGregor is unlikely to feature in the octagon anytime soon despite being called out by some of the top names on the roster.
Flyweight title holder Demetrius ‘Mighty Mouse’ Johnson has expressed his interest in moving up to challenge McGregor at lightweight, whilst the mandatory challenger at the weight, Khabib Nurmagomedov, is patiently awaiting his opportunity.
Despite having several options on the table, McGregor has only one fight on his mind – a cross-codes battle with boxing’s former pound for pound king, Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Both sides are fully on board with making the fight, with a September date proposed, and UFC boss Dana White is now putting all his attention into sealing a multi-million dollar deal.
“McGregor v Mayweather is probably going to happen, so I’m working on that. I’m focused on that. And that’s what they both want,” White told TMZ Sports.
“I gotta start negotiating with Team Mayweather. We’ll see how that goes.”
Asked specifically about the possibility of defending his UFC belt against Johnson, who recently called him out, White added: “Conor McGregor has got a long line of people waiting on him.
“We are looking for him to fight in Seattle to break the record if he wins that fight, but obviously it won’t be against Conor McGregor,” he said.
As things stand, there are no roadblocks to making Mayweather v McGregor a reality following previous admissions from White and also by the Nevada State Athletic Commission.
Mayweather clarified his firm interest on a recent European Tour, and whilst progress is slow, everyone involved seems to be pulling in the same direction.