Now it seems White may be considering Ferguson defending the interim belt against either Nurmagomedov or Barboza with the victor then getting the chance to unify the title with McGregor later in 2018.
McGregor was thought to fight in March or April once interim champion Tony Ferguson had recovered from surgery.
A timeframe for McGregor's return to the UFC is now unknown, and White has acknowledged on several occasions that the lightweight division needs to move forward. McGregor's optimal fight weight is arguably 155 pounds.
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So, ya. It's not surprising to see that White might be miffed at GSP, but to shoot down a bout with McGregor?
White called the situation a "mess" and said a fight on Saturday between Khabib Nurmagomedov (24-0 MMA, 8-0 UFC) and Edson Barboza (19-4 MMA, 13-4 UFC) at UFC 219 will begin to clear the blockage at the top of the lightweight division.
"He needs to defend that title".
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Prior to winning the UFC's featherweight championship, McGregor worked his way up the ladder like any other contender.
First and foremost, McGregor doesn't need the money. The Irish champ, who reportedly banked more than $100 million for "The Money Fight", has said he wants an ownership stake in the UFC, which White won't entertain. St-Pierre has fought primarily at 170 pounds. He beat Max Holloway, the only guy to beat Max Holloway in four years. It is Conor's fault he did Mayweather, but we made a decision to do the Mayweather fight and everybody gave a f--.
"There is no status", White told ESPN. "And after the fight, every fighter in the UFC gave him props for representing the sport".
'Tony Ferguson is the fight right now and is the move if (McGregor) wants to come back'.
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