Quote: UFC Will Move On With Or Without Conor McGregor

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UFC Lightweight champion Conor McGregor is without question the biggest star the sport has ever seen, and after an up and down 2017 for the UFC, it’s safe to say that the promotion is hoping for him to fight in the near future.

Coming off of a loss in a boxing match to the legendary Floyd Mayweather this past August, McGregor didn’t compete in the Octagon in 2017, and it’s unclear when he plans to return.

It’s also possible that he never fights again, and if that’s the case, UFC President Dana White recently said that the promotion will simply move on:

“If Conor McGregor fights next year, that’ll be awesome,” White told FOX Sports Undisputed. “If Conor McGregor doesn’t fight, the UFC is going to go on. I’ve been hearing this since 2003. ‘What are you going to do when Chuck Liddell’s gone? What are you going to do when Georges St-Pierre leaves? You’re in big trouble when Anderson Silva’s gone! The list goes on and on. Ronda Rousey. Last year was the best in the company’s history. So we’re going to keep finding new talent and putting on the best fights in the world. That’s what we’re going to continue to do, with or without anybody.”

If he does return, it’s expected that he’ll take on interim champion Tony Ferguson. However, Khabib Nurmagomedov is closing in on a title shot, and a trilogy bout against Nate Diaz is always an option as well.

Who would you like to see the Irishman fight next?

  • Draven

    Good riddance.

  • Kris Tophon

    its not too late to teach this fool a lesson.. strip him of the belt, have him fight nate for shitz and gigs, and have Khabib fight Tony for the real belt.. thats whatz going to happen anyway, just get on with it

  • leonaidis

    It’s going to be Nate, if he ever fights again. After Tony’s and Khabib’s last performances Conor is never fighting them.

    And Conors fans don’t want those fights either, they don’t want Conor fighting the best, they want him to fight guys he can beat.

    So Nate, or some other hyped up mediocre, out of shape, last minute guy. That fight pays well, it’s the fight Conor fans want, and Conor doesn’t want to fight the best.

  • Wabbit

    [UFC Lightweight champion Conor McGregor is without question the biggest star the sport has ever seen..]
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    What an absurd statement, and an insult to the true champions of UFC; McGregor is arguably the principal reason UFC began losing popularity, for the thug trend of trash talking.

    • RMRyan

      Agreed

  • OneFootFriendly

    What did he make a hundred mil?
    With so much wealth at the top among the privileged elites of society these days your b grade hollywood celebrity shmuck probably has way more then that. It doesn’t seem like as much as being a “millionaire” use to seem like.

    But it IS a lot of money.
    You could do a lot of things with that if you where careful with it and never have to technically lose the belt in the cage or fight again.

    Becasue if he doesn’t defend that belt I dont think he’ll be able to make a career fighting after that. His popularity was built on his success in the cage as far as any popularity in boxing. He’s got that look which is also marketable in a way, but it would be pretty limited even in hollywood. How many c grade action movies starring a heavily tattooed short person does the public want to see.

    But he could take that hundred mil and go into real estate or become a promoter or something. He could do other things with it.