UFC president White on McGregor: 'He will fight this year'

When the fight starts, McGregor will be officially stripped of his title. Ever since UFC announced that Khabib and Tony Ferguson would be fighting for the title at UFC 223 it's been expected that it meant McGregor, who won the belt in November 2016 and hasn't fought in UFC since, would be losing the title.

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. But once reality set in that the highly anticipated fight was off the table, Nurmagomedov turned his attention to the one and only Conor McGregor.

"The interim belt that he had, those two [Nurmagomedov and Ferguson] were supposed to fight - doesn't happen". "Conor is losing the belt". Apparently McGregor damaged the bus in some way, because UFC lightweight Michael Chiesa was cut by some glass and injured. If Max Holloway wins Saturday night he will then become the only dual weight champion.

What are your thoughts on McGregor going nuts at the Barclays Center and attacking the UFC fighter bus? White said trash cans, dollies and bike racks were tossed at the bus, one of the objects almost hitting Rose Namajunas, UFC's women's strawweight champ who is slated to fight Joanna Jedrzejczyk on Saturday. Nurmagomedov fights Max Holloway for the lightweight championship left vacant by McGregor.

"Conor is coming back this year 100 percent".

His most recent competitive appearance was in a boxing match last August, in which he was defeated by Floyd Mayweather Jr.

"About Conor? I don't remember when he fight last time", Nurmagomedov said.

McGregor responded on Monday, saying: "These fools pull out more times than I do with my d-k". White has previously said that he wasn't sure the Irishman would ever return to fighting after he made a rumoured $100 million USA for his Mayweather fight. Ferguson and Nurmagomedov had been booked to fight each other four times, yet all four fights have been called off.

UFC 223 will take place at Barclays Center.

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

  • Stacy Allen