July 14, 2020 | News | No Comments
Following Sunday’s UFC Fight Night show in St. Louis, Dana White strongly hinted on FS1 that Conor McGregor could be stripped of the lightweight championship.
White said that McGregor was talking about fighting again in September which would be nearly two years since he won the title from Eddie Alvarez in the promotion’s debut in New York City. He said that would be too long and if that was the case, they would match up interim champion Tony Ferguson vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov for the belt — a fight they have been trying to make for nearly a year. He didn’t say when, but it is known that UFC has been attempting to make that fight for April. White said that if it goes down like that, McGregor would get a shot against the winner if he returns in September.
Some other news from White:
– When asked about Vitor Belfort, he said that the UFC was able to get a last minute replacement for Belfort to fight on the show in place of the injured Uriah Hall, but Belfort turned the fight down. He said that he also turned down a fight this Saturday in Boston, but that he asked for a fight with Michael Bisping in London on March 17th instead. White said he would get back in the office and try and put things together. Bisping was on set as an analyst and joked about it, but didn’t jump on the offer either. He indicated that he’d wait for the call.
– Former lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos is getting a welterweight title shot at Tyron Woodley when Woodley recovers from surgery to repair a torn labrum.
– He also spoke of doing an outdoor show in Honolulu, HI, with featherweight champion and native son Max Holloway as the headliner.
– There was also some talk of a show in Russia, but White didn’t confirm that story.
– If you didn’t see the tremendous Matt Hughes tribute video segment with his walkout from last night, give it a watch: