UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor has been under a ton of criticism for his title reigns in the UFC, and promotional president Dana White seems to have heard enough of it.
In his entire tenure with the UFC, Conor McGregor has yet to defend either of the two championship belts he has won. In 2015 he captured the featherweight throne from Jose Aldo, and instead of being booked in a title defense next, he was booked against then-lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos for a shot at becoming a dual-weight title holder.
"RDA" pulled out and Nate Diaz stepped in to take on McGregor at 170 pounds. When McGregor was defeated the pair rematched a few months later at welterweight yet again.
After picking up the win against Diaz in the rematch, McGregor jumped up to lightweight to challenge Eddie Alvarez for the 155-pound title.
The Irishman successfully defeated Alvarez for the lightweight throne and became the first dual-weight champion in UFC history.
That was the last fight McGregor would have in the UFC before jumping into the boxing world to fight Floyd Mayweather in an unsuccessful bid.
Fans have been severely critical of McGregor's reluctance to defend a title, and hope that he finally breaks the streak against interim champion Tony Ferguson when he's ready to fight again.
UFC President Dana White has heard the criticisms of his top star, and defended McGregor and his legacy as a UFC champion (quotes via MMA Mania):
"For people to suggest that, you're just a Conor hater," White told ESPN. "Because if you look at how everything played out, Conor has fought everybody.
"When he won the 155-pound belt, he dropped the 145-pound belt, which we made him do. He tried not to do it, but he contractually had to let go of the 145-pound belt.
"He became the 155-pound champion, and his next fight was against Floyd Mayweather. He has to defend the title now. So, how has he never defended the title?
"There's some f---ing exaggeration in saying the guy's never defended a title," White said. "He fought everybody on his way up 145 pounds.
"He fought [Chad] Mendes, [Dustin] Poirier. He beat Max Holloway, the only guy to beat Max Holloway in four years.
"It wasn't Conor's fault [dos Anjos] got hurt. It is Conor's fault he did Mayweather, but we decided to do the Mayweather fight and everybody gave a f---. And after the fight, every fighter in the UFC gave him props for representing the sport."
What are your thoughts on Dana White defending Conor McGregor against criticism for not having defended a championship yet? Do you think that McGregor is being unfairly criticized for not having a title defense under his belt yet? Or should "The Notorious One" be forced to defend or vacate soon? Let us know your thoughts on the matter in the comments section below!
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