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Sports White: Ferguson, Nurmagomedov to meet for undisputed title if McGregor stripped

22:05  04 january  2018
22:05  04 january  2018 Source:   thescore.com

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With reigning champion Conor McGregor holding out for a piece of the promotional pie, UFC president Dana White revealed Thursday that the outfit might have to move on and book a date between Khabib Nurmagomedov and interim champion Tony Ferguson for the undisputed title should the Irishman

With reigning champion Conor McGregor holding out for a piece of the promotional pie, UFC president Dana White revealed Thursday that the outfit might have to move on and book a date between Khabib Nurmagomedov and interim champion Tony Ferguson for the undisputed title should the Irishman

The UFC's lightweight title picture may be shaken up a few months from now.

With reigning champion Conor McGregor holding out for a piece of the promotional pie, UFC president Dana White revealed Thursday that the outfit might have to move on and book a date between Khabib Nurmagomedov and interim champion Tony Ferguson for the undisputed title should the Irishman remain M.I.A. by the spring.

White recently stated he hoped to have McGregor back in the fold this summer, although he now believes the titleholder may sit out beyond the desired timeline, which would extend his UFC layoff to nearly two years and leave White little choice but to strip him.

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Assuming McGregor (21-3 MMA, 9-1 UFC) doesn’t return until the fall, White said he would be stripped of the title , meaning Ferguson (23-3 MMA, 13-1 UFC) and Nurmagomedov (25-0 MMA, 9-0 UFC) would fight for the undisputed championship.

"As long as Conor is willing to fight by March, we could do Khabib versus Tony and then the winner fights Conor for the title," White told Kevin Iole of Yahoo Sports. "Or Conor doesn’t want to fight and wants to sit out until next fall and then we would have to make Khabib versus Tony for the title, not the interim title.

"I don’t think Conor wants to fight until August but if he waits until August or September, that’s been about two years since the belt has been defended and that can’t happen."

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Not only has McGregor already been stripped of the featherweight title he won two years ago at UFC 194 and didn't defend over the ensuing year, but Ferguson and Nurmagomedov have been booked to square off three times before - with each date meeting its demise for a variety of reasons - although Nurmagomedov just cemented his spot as a top contender with a mauling of Edson Barboza at UFC 219.

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Conor McGregor has reportedly been stripped of the UFC lightweight title . Khabib Nurmagomedov (L) and Tony Ferguson (R) will reportedly fight for the undisputed LW title .

With Ferguson riding a division-best 10-fight win streak and Nurmagomedov unbeaten in 25 pro fights including nine walks to the Octagon, White was quick to acknowledge they'd earned a marquee matchup, and McGregor can't keep order from being restored forever.

"This is a game of time," White said. "Time is your enemy in this sport or any other sport. When you’re a professional athlete, time is your enemy and we can’t let this thing go on forever and not give other guys the opportunity. Tony Ferguson has been around for a long time and earned his dues. Khabib has earned his dues and the list goes on and on.

"So Conor has done very well, he’s made a lot of money, and if he decides he doesn’t want to fight again for another however long, that’s up to him, that’s his choice and his decision, but the belt has to move on. So we’ve got to figure some stuff out here in the next couple months."

McGregor last fell to Floyd Mayweather in a boxing match in August, and hasn't seen the inside of a cage since he stopped Eddie Alvarez to win the lightweight crown at UFC 205 nearly 14 months ago.

- With h/t to MMAWeekly

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Conor McGregor likely to be stripped of second UFC title .
Dana White announced Tony Ferguson and Khabib Nurmagomedov will meet at UFC 223, which means it’s only a matter of time before Conor McGregor is stripped of a championship title for the second time in his UFC career.History is about to repeat itself.

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