Since current UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor is currently teasing the MMA world with his retirement, UFC President Dana White has decided to do some teasing of his own. In a recent interview with ‘The Herd’ Wednesday afternoon, White addressed the growing mess of speculation surrounding McGregor:
White also stated that the current interim title bout between Frankie Edgar and Jose Aldo could possibly be for the actual belt.
White says Conor needs to clear up his status soon because if he remains retired Aldo v Edgar will be for the featherweight title.
— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) April 20, 2016
Due to a recent dispute between “Notorious” and the UFC, McGregor has been removed from the blockbuster card and has even teased retirement.
I have decided to retire young.
Thanks for the cheese.
Catch ya’s later.
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) April 19, 2016
Now the rematch between Aldo and Edgar, who took center stage back at UFC 156, could have even bigger implications then before. Originally the winner was to be crowned the interim title holder and go on to face McGregor to unify the two titles.
Now it seems if McGregor is to stay retired, this bout could be contested for the true featherweight crown. Aldo owns a victory over Edgar from their previous title bout at UFC 156, where Aldo defeated Edgar via unanimous decision to retain his title.
McGregor has yet to officially announce retirement aside from his cryptic social media post Tuesday afternoon, but his time-table to make a decision seems to be getting shorter and shorter if he wants to remain the 145-pound champion.