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UFC president Dana White on Conor McGregor's next opponent

Published 08/03/2016 | 21:05

UFC president Dana White says that Conor McGregor is itching to get back into action and has been discussing his next opponent following his defeat to Nate Diaz at UFC 196.

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The featherweight champion said he had no regrets about stepping to welterweight at short notice to face Diaz after losing for the first time in his UFC career on Saturday night.

McGregor has been forced to reconsider his ambitions in the higher weight divisions and is now likely to return 25lbs down at featherweight again, where there are several challenges.

Speaking to ESPN, White said ‘The Notorious’ is ready to return to the octagon as soon as possible.

“I was at his house last night talking to him,” he told viewers.

“He wants to fight again as soon as possible. He wants to jump back in there and fight again.”

Frankie Edgar and Jose Aldo, the previously undefeated champion who McGregor defeated in 13 seconds last December, have been touted as potential opponents for his title defence, but White remained coy on the identity of the next challenger.

“We’re working on who the next opponent will be…we’ll see what happens,” he said.

McGregor is expected to earn an estimated $10m for his part in a fight and a build-up that captured the imagination of the fans. The 27-year-old thanked his travelling support for coming to Las Vegas for the third time in eight months.

"Thank you to the true support and f*** the hate that came out of the woodwork. I love it all. It's still steak for breakfast. I've been here many times in my life in some form or another. I'll eat it all and come back stronger."

McGregor also rounded on two Brazilian rivals, former featherweight champion Jose Aldo and Rafael Dos Anjos who had pulled out of UFC 196 12 days before he was due to defend the UFC lightweight title against McGregor.

In his place stepped Diaz, although the contest was moved up from 155lbs to the 170lbs limit.

"Jose Aldo you are a p****. Rafael Dos Anjos you are a p****," said McGregor. "When the history books are written, I showed up. You showed up on Twitter."

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