Dana White meeting with Floyd Mayweather's people: 'Don't count anything out'

Dana White meeting with Floyd Mayweather's people: 'Don't count anything out'

Dana White meeting with Floyd Mayweather's people: 'Don't count anything out'

With Conor McGregor's year-end return off the table, UFC President Dana White is shifting his attention to another high season for pay-per-view business.

St-Pierre, 36, claimed the 185-pound title by submitting Michael Bisping at UFC 217 in early November.

"What we have to do, is he needs to defend that [UFC lightweight] title". In the meantime, the UFC crowned an interim lightweight champion in Tony Ferguson in October.

White argued against the idea that McGregor has ever been reluctant to defend the title and urged critics to "look at a piece of paper" and not ignore the timeline of events, which included McGregor taking time off to open 2017 for the birth of his first child and a professional boxing excursion against Mayweather in August.

"For people to suggest that, you're just a Conor hater", White told ESPN. He tried not to do it, but he contractually had to let go of the 145-pound belt. The Irish champ, who reportedly banked more than $100 million for "The Money Fight", has said he wants an ownership stake in the UFC, which White won't entertain. "So, how has he never defended the title?"

There is no shortage of fighters eager to experience the kind of payday that accompanies fights with McGregor and even the likes of Manny Pacquiao are desperate to compete opposite the Dubliner.

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In vacating his middleweight belt, GSP violated a clause in his contract that mandated he defend his title, should he win. "And I still don't", White said on Undisputed.

One thing Dana White did rule out, is a fight with Nate Diaz.

"Tony Ferguson is the fight right now and is the move if (McGregor) wants to come back".

It's a similar situation to late 2015, when McGregor won the UFC's featherweight title by knocking out Jose Aldo.

Reuters/Mathieu BelangerUltimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight and former welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre is shown in this photo. "They're both waiting, if Georges wants to come back", he added.

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