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UFC confirmation means Conor McGregor will not fight again this year

UFC confirmation means Conor McGregor will not fight again this year

Since McGregor's box-office blockbuster boxing match against Floyd Mayweather in August, White has been alternately confident and cautiously optimistic about the prospect of seeing the Irish star back in the octagon.

According to Mike Mazzulli, head of the Association of Boxing Commissions [ABC], who was in attendance on the night, the UFC made a decision to punish McGregor for the incident and remove him from the plans for UFC 219, which will now be headlined by the bout between Cris Cyborg and Holly Holm.

"The guy's got a f****** hundred million dollars".

McGregor has not fought in the UFC for over a year and has yet to defend the lightweight title he won against Eddie Alvarez in November 2016.

Joe Rogan spoke about Conor McGregor's options in the fight game on his most recent episode of the JRE Podcast with Bryan Callen.

In recent months, White had said publicly he hoped for McGregor to return in Las Vegas, either at UFC 219 on December 30 or UFC 222 on March 3. "He made $100million. I've got guys who made less than that who are lawyers and went to school their whole lives and quit working. I think everyone is waiting for that".

White admitted that McGregor's payday against Mayweather may have removed his desire to fight again in MMA.

"I would say, in the next 48 hours, if he still in the country - and I understand that he may have left the country - but if he is still in the country, I understand from my sources that the Garda will be approaching him to give him a GIM form, which is a Garda Information Message, to tell him that there may be threats to his safety".




It seems Conor McGregor's return to the UFC isn't as much of a foregone conclusion as many anticipated.

"Money changes everything", White explained. "That's not the healthiest environment", White said.

"Conor is a rich kid who is a god in Ireland. When you make that kind of money and you're that famous, you're going to have an overload of cling-ons".

Interim king Tony Ferguson and former featherweight champion Jose Aldo have both called for McGregor to vacate his title.

"Why he don't slap me when we go very close like UFC 205?"

UFC President Dana White has already confirmed that Ferguson would be McGregor's next opponent.

Irish police said they aren't investigating because "there is no report on this matter and no complaint from any injured parties, patrons of the pub or the pub itself and no statements were taken", according to an Irish police spokesman. We're working on a new deal right now.


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