Friday 19 January 2018

Conor McGregor's next fight will not be for the chance to make history - Dana White

McGregor celebrating after his victory. Photo: Joshua Dahl/Sportsfile
McGregor celebrating after his victory. Photo: Joshua Dahl/Sportsfile

Tom Rooney

While we now know for a fact that a super-fight between Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather is not going to materialise, there are conflicting accounts as to who the Dubliner will next face.

The last time Conor McGregor addressed questions regarding his future, he informed the world to hold tight because the proverbial was about to hit the fan.

Those comments came directly after he defeated Nate Diaz via majority-decision after their epic rematch at UFC 202 last month.

Aside from chronicling his hobnobbing with A-List celebrities and his move into the gaming world, the 28-year-old has been all but mute about any forthcoming fights or opponents.

Dana White has repeatedly declared that McGregor has a duty to defend his featherweight crown against interim champion Jose Aldo, who he usurped in just 13 seconds last December. If not, he will be forced to vacate the title.

Indeed, with the exception of Diaz, all the relevant parties have dismissed the notion of a trilogy bout in the immediate future.

McGregor suffered some ankle damage against Diaz but would appear to be back to full fitness, which would make him eligible to compete at UFC 205 on November 12, the promotion’s first showcase in New York City that will be held in Madison Square Garden.

Last night lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez all but announced, via Twitter, that he and McGregor would lock horns in the Big Apple, but Dana White has rubbished that claim by stating that, at the same event, Alvarez will have his inaugural title defence against undefeated contender Khabib Nurmagomedov, who has spent the better part of two years side-lined with injuries.

Furthermore, judging by Nurmagomedov's social media posts, he is under the impression that Alvarez is his next opponent.

White had been addressing a fan’s query regarding a potential meeting between the two champions, but he has never had an issue bending a narrative to his will while being taken to task at the negotiation table.

If he were to fight and beat Alvarez, while still holding his featherweight crown, McGregor would become the first man in history to concurrently hold two titles.

For his part, McGregor simply told all involved to beg him.

UFC 205 is already shaping up to be a seismic event so, injury notwithstanding, the Crumlin man, who is their undisputed biggest draw on every medium, will almost certainly feature. 

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