When Conor McGregor isn’t busy losing boxing matches or attacking buses, he actually a pretty damn good MMA fighter. You may have forgotten that, though, since it’s been 18 months since his last UFC fight and he’s literally never defended either of the two championships he won with the promotion (he’s since been stripped of both titles due to inactivity).
The UFC was in Liverpool on the weekend, and company president Dana White was asked about McGregor’s status during the post-fight press conference. Some media members thought that since White was already in the U.K., a short trip over to McGregor’s home in Dublin, Ireland, that the two may meet to discuss the future. White confirmed that he didn’t get a chance to see McGregor over the weekend, but plans to talk to him very soon. Furthermore, the makings of a potential lightweight superfight with new champ Khabib Nurmagomedov are in progress.
“Conor and I are going to meet in Vegas. He and I haven’t seen each other since New York so we haven’t seen each other, we haven’t talked. We need to get together soon,” White said at the post-fight press conference. And when Khabib’s name came up, White perked up considerably.
“I’m pretty confident that is a fight Conor wants and I’m pretty confident that is the fight that Khabib wants so yeah I could see that happening.”
White was quick to remind everyone that McGregor still needs to answer for his actions n Brooklyn ahead of UFC 223, when him and his entourage attacked a bus full of fighters, causing multiple injuries and forcing the UFC to cancel two advertised fights. He was charged with two misdemeanor counts of assault and a felony charge for criminal mischief, and is scheduled to appear in a New York court next month.
“It depends on what goes on with him in New York in June. We can’t determine anything about what’s next for him until June is cleared up,” White said. Along with potential legal repercussions, he could also face a suspension from the New York State Athletic Commission — which other states would certainly honor.
Nurmagomedov won the UFC lightweight title in April 2018 at UFC 223, which the company had officially vacated against McGregor’s wishes. McGregor had previously beat Eddie Alvarez for the same championship in November 2016, but spent all of 2017 putting together a multi-million dollar boxing match with Floyd Mayweather.