Sport Conor McGregor's lightweight title up for grabs if he doesn't defend it soon, says Dana White

16:35  05 january  2018
16:35  05 january  2018 Source:   msn.com

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UFC president Dana White addressed the state of the lightweight division and a timetable for Conor McGregor ’ s return. Ferguson has long called on McGregor to “ defend or vacate” the UFC lightweight belt.

Dana White hasn’ t really cleared up the status of Conor McGregor ‘ s UFC lightweight title ahead of UFC 223. Speaking this week to TMZ Sports, the UFC president said he had already the addressed the title issue at a press conference in Boston for UFC 223 last month.

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Dana White insisted that he would allow the lightweight title picture to play out without champion Conor McGregor if the Irishman is not willing to defend his title soon.

Asked if McGregor would be interim champion Tony Ferguson’s next assignment, White claimed that Ferguson might take on Khabib Nurmagomedov if the Irishman doesn’t put pen to paper soon.

McGregor has been embroiled in a social media back and forth with the undefeated Russian since his win over Edson Barboza on Saturday.

The UFC president insisted that if McGregor is out until the second half of the year, he may be forced to allow Ferguson take on Nurmagomedov for the undisputed championship.

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UFC President Dana White says the UFC will not strip featherweight champion Conor McGregor of his title but that he has to defend it or "give it up ." By Jed [email protected] Aug 30, 2016, 8:00am EDT. Share.

If he does, White says the UFC would have to strip McGregor of the belt and are currently looking to book Ferguson vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov for the real title . If he comes back in September, that' s almost two years that can' t happen." -- @ danawhite . Dana speaks on #UFCSTL, Khabib, Tony and

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“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 Yahoo Sports.

“Of, if Conor wants to sit out until next fall, then we’d have to make Khabib versus Tony for the title, not the interim title.”

White went on to say that the lightweight belt would move on and underlined that both Ferguson and Nurmagomedov have paid their dues to be divisional champions.

“When you’re a professional athlete time is your enemy. 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 has earned his dues. Khabib has earned his dues and the list goes on and on.

“Conor has done well. He’s made a lot of money and if he decides he doesn’t want to fight for however long, that’s up to him. That’s his choice and his decision, but the belt moves on so we’ve got to figure some things out in the next couple of months.”

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