So much so that the UFC president has told The Notorious to book a fight by March or be stripped of his title.
I love that matchup (against Nurmagomedov), but Tony Ferguson is the interim champion, and Conor and I haven't really figured out when he's coming back and what's going on.
And let's be honest, if McGregor wanted to rematch Mayweather in boxing or "Money" ever wanted to fight in the Octagon for some reason, White would probably find a reason to open talks back up with Showtime despite this perceived - and perhaps superficial - slight. The end to his hiatus from the Octagon, now going on 14 months, doesn't appear to be in sight, forcing the UFC to make a relatively hard decision soon. "If he waits - I don't think Conor wants to fight until August, but if he waits until August or September, that's around two years since the belt has been defended, and that can't happen".
How do you stop the most competitive and intriguing division in the sport from revolving around an absentee fighter?
"This is a game of time, time is your enemy in this sport".
As to get a true reflection of how an global combat sports event in today's time particularly does, where the United States is no longer the sole player in boxing (or in other combat sports anymore), you have to factor in everything around the world, as boxing is an worldwide sport now.
GETTY STIFF McGregor's blood clearly rushed south as well as to his head
"As long as Conor is willing to fight by March, we could do Khabib vs".
McGregor is the biggest draw in the UFC, but has not fought since taking the lightweight belt away from Eddie Alvarez in November 2016.
The UFC superstar fought Floyd Mayweather in August 2017 in a boxing ring and ended up on the losing side.
White insisted those kinds of events are "f***ing unicorns", adding he's confident a deal can be made with McGregor, unless he's no longer interested in fighting. That's his choice and his decision but, the belt has to move on. "We've laid out a really nice offer for him and he's a smart kid, I think we'll figure it out".
White appears to still be unsure as to when current champion Conor McGregor might return to defend his title, but whether it's sooner or later, it seems he still like the idea of having Ferguson and Nurmagomedov fight first. Or, if Conor wants to sit out until next fall, then we'd have to make Khabib vs.