Regardless of Conor McGregor’s latest outbursts on social media, UFC president Dana White advised ESPN on Thursday he has not talked to the previous two-weight champion about his subsequent battle.
McGregor, 31, has “accepted” all the things from a boxing match towards retired boxer Oscar De La Hoya to a superfight towards MMA legend Anderson Silva in latest 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 true risk is right here all you need. I’m going to f—ing butcher you. Your tooth. I will put them on a f—ing necklace. Communicate on my abilities as a father? You might be f—ing lifeless.”
Chatting with ESPN on Thursday, White stated he has not significantly mentioned 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 and I’ve not talked about combating,” White stated. “When you’re Conor, sitting at dwelling, everyone is asking you out, in each weight division. Who’s subsequent? I am ready for [heavyweight Daniel Cormier] to name him out, you realize? Conor, his persona, he is going to answer that.
“I feel what Conor must do is sit again and let these fights begin rolling out. Clearly, an important division is the 155-pound [lightweight] division. See what performs out.”
Nurmagomedov is presently in his native Russia. He confirmed final month that his father underwent coronary heart surgical procedure; he’s presently battling the coronavirus in Moscow. White has urged the bout between Nurmagomedov and Gaethje may occur in September.
McGregor (22-4), of Eire, is coming off a 40-second knockout victory over Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone in January. That battle was contested at 170 kilos. The UFC’s present 170-pound welterweight champion, Kamaru Usman, not too long ago advised ESPN he’d prolong a title shot to McGregor at that weight. However White stated Usman won’t be McGregor’s subsequent opponent.