UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor continues to make history.
UFC President Dana White has made it clear that he won’t beg UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor to make a return.
Make no mistake about it, the UFC President has no concerns about a power struggle with UFC lightweight champion as he works on getting the biggest fighter in the world back in the octagon for his next fight.
White has gone on record that McGregor will fight the winner of Khabib Nurmagomedov - interim UFC lightweight champion Tony Ferguson next. That fight is slated to take place at UFC 222.
UFC 222 is set to take place on March 3, 2018 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The main card will air on pay-per-view at 10 p.m. ET while the preliminary card will air on FOX Sports 1 at 8 p.m. ET and the promotion’s streaming service, UFC Fight Pass.
There was some speculation that McGregor may fight his arch rival Nate Diaz for a trilogy fight as both fighters hold a win over each other. That is not the case.
McGregor raised eyebrows last year when he declared he wouldn't return to the UFC unless he’s a co-promoter for the event.
As seen in the past, McGregor usually gets what he wants when he demands it. McGregor has not been seen in the world famous Octagon since at UFC 205 when he won the lightweight title from Eddie Alvarez.
McGregor then fought in a boxing match with Floyd Mayweather. The first boxing match between these fighters took place last August in Las Vegas, Nevada and aired live on PPV (pay-per-view) for the low price of $100 for HD and $90 for SD.
As seen in the fight, the UFC champion did show some good things in the ring considering that it was his first outing as a professional. However, he ultimately lost by TKO in the tenth round.
Now it seems that a rematch is just a matter of time from being made official.
McGregor knows how to use the media to his advance as he can twist a narrative in his favor and put pressure on the UFC to make a move. White is fully understanding of the process and said he has complete confidence a deal will come together.
An interesting stat has emerged online that stated as of Tuesday, February 20, 2018, he has held the title and not defended it in One year, three months, and one week – or 465 total days.
Thus, he now holds the record for the longest title reign without attempting to make his first title defense of the lightweight belt according to numbers by Bloody Elbow.
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