Regardless of Conor McGregor ‘s current outbursts on social media, UFC president Dana White instructed ESPN on Thursday that he has not talked with the previous two-weight champion about his subsequent struggle.
McGregor, 31, has “accepted” all the pieces from a boxing match towards retired boxer Oscar De La Hoya to a superfight towards MMA legend Anderson Silva in current weeks. He is additionally teased a return to the Octagon in July and singled out newly topped interim light-weight champion Justin Gaethje as a possible foe.
McGregor posted a message to Gaethje on social media earlier this month: “Try to dance round what the actual menace is right here all you need. I’m going to f—ing butcher you. Your enamel. I’ll put them on a f—ing necklace. Communicate on my expertise as a father? You might be f—ing lifeless.”
Chatting with ESPN on Thursday, White stated he has not critically mentioned Conor McGregor ‘s subsequent transfer and implied he nonetheless prefers for him to face the winner of an anticipated light-weight unification bout between Gaethje (22-2) and undefeated champion Khabib Nurmagomedov (28-0).
“Conor McGregor and I’ve not talked about combating,” Dana White stated. “When you‘re Conor, sitting at residence, all people is asking you out, in each weight division. Who’s subsequent? I am ready for [heavyweight Daniel Cormier] to name him out, you already know? Conor, his character, he is going to answer that.
“I believe what Conor must do is sit again and let these fights begin rolling out. Clearly, a very powerful division is the 155-pound [lightweight] division. See what performs out.”
Nurmagomedov is at present in his native Russia. He confirmed final month that his father underwent coronary heart surgical procedure; his father is at present battling the coronavirus in Moscow. White has prompt the bout between Nurmagomedov and Gaethje may occur in September.
Conor McGregor (22-4), of Eire, is coming off a 40-second knockout victory over Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone in January. That struggle was contested at 170 kilos. The UFC’s present 170-pound welterweight champion, Kamaru Usman, just lately instructed ESPN he’d prolong a title shot to McGregor at that weight. However White stated Usman won’t be McGregor’s subsequent opponent.