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Conor McGregor will meet with UFC top brass tonight to decide his next fight

Tom Rooney

Published 18/05/2016 | 19:37

Notorious: Conor McGregor
Notorious: Conor McGregor

Conor McGregor will sit down to dinner tonight in Los Angeles with Dana White and Lorenzo Fertitta to hash out his future following a tumultuous period.

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Of course, after a false retirement announcement which almost broke the internet, McGregor and his employers have been embroiled in an all too public spat.

Dana White announced that he pulled McGregor from his main event rematch with Nate Diaz at UFC 200 on July 6 after the Dubliner refused to attend a promotional event in Las Vegas in

McGregor continued to fan the flames of speculation that a serious rift had developed between he and White, with a number of Twitter posts that were clearly intended to undermine the UFC.

However, the situation seems to have eased of late, and Dana White told Sports Centre that he was meeting the errant star this evening to begin plotting a forward course. The promotion’s notoriously irascible president went on to claim that relations with McGregor were better than ever.

“Lorenzo and I are having dinner with Conor McGregor. So tonight at like, 10 (p.m.), I’ll have a lot more answers on the Conor McGregor situation.”

“He will not be on UFC 200. Not at all. That ship sailed. But we’ve put that behind us, and we’re in a good place with Conor, and we’re looking to make his next fight. We should have that done tonight.”

It’s been over two months since Diaz handed McGregor the first loss for his UFC career with a second round submission in a makeshift welterweight contest at UFC 196

McGregor agitated for another crack at the Californian, and was duly granted his wish. It was, in fact, a desire to aptly prepare for Diaz that led the Crumlin man to leave for Iceland to train, instead of attending the press conference in question.

Rumours of a superfight with Floyd Mayweather have circulated in the interim but, chances are, McGregor and Diaz will square off  as intended at UFC 202 in August.

This week, McGregor has been sparring with the former IBF welterweight champion Chris van Heerden who, like Diaz, is a long, tall southpaw.

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