UFC President Dana White stated that the organisation's lightweight title will be put on line in the fight between interim holder Tony Ferguson and Khabib Nurmagomedov, therefore, casting doubts over the future reign of current champion Conor McGregor.
Dana White confirmed the Ferguson-Nurmagomedov match which will headline UFC 223 at Barclays Centre in Brooklyn after two months on April 7 this year, and also expressed that Conor McGregor is very likely to be stripped of his title if he refuses to fight anytime soon.
White noted: "McGregor has said that he is still considering about a comeback in September. Thus, if he comes back in September, which is almost two years, we cannot let it happen. It’s unfair to everybody else."
“I love and respect Conor. I love everything he has done for the company, and I think everybody knows that as I keep on saying it all the time but unfortunately, the belt has to move on."
McGregor was crowned the UFC lightweight champion, and thereafter, the organisation's first two-weight title holder when he knocked off Eddie Alvarez in November 2016, interestingly, he has never defended the title. His only fight was back in 2017 when he took on the undefeated Floyd Mayweather in a lucrative boxing bout. He, eventually, lost the match.