"Money is always a factor but we've never had a problem getting a deal done with Conor McGregor".
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. When he won the 155-pound belt, he dropped the 145-pound belt, which we made him do.
White told ESPN that he's "hopeful" McGregor will return no later than next summer. McGregor defeated Jose Aldo in December 2015 for the 145-pound title and instead of defending it, attempted to move up in weight to challenge then-lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos in March 2016.
Citing the windfall that the Dubliner received for his TKO loss to Floyd Mayweather, White is banking on McGregor getting bored of the fruits of his labour and itching to return to action. "Anything is possible", White said on FOX Sports 1's Undisputed (transcribed by Flo Combat).
UFC was quick to strip inaugural women's featherweight champion Germane de Randamie of her title in June four months after winning it for refusing to immediately face Cris "Cyborg" Justino.
But White dismissed those concerns and also insisted a trilogy fight with Nate Diaz was not on the cards.
"There's some f--ing exaggeration in saying the guy's never defended a title", White said. St-Pierre has fought primarily at 170 pounds. He fought [Chad] Mendes, [Dustin] Poirier.
Mayweather has been back and forth publicly about the possibility of the fight, at times claiming he is not in talks about a potential MMA debut, and at other times teasing the possibility of it happening.
So, ya. It's not surprising to see that White might be miffed at GSP, but to shoot down a bout with McGregor? "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".