Dana White: Conor McGregor's Next UFC Fight Hasn't Been Discussed

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistMay 28, 2020

LAS VEGAS, NV - OCTOBER 06:  UFC president Dana White talks to Conor McGregor of Ireland after a post-fight incident following his loss to Khabib Nurmagomedov of Russia in their UFC lightweight championship bout during the UFC 229 event inside T-Mobile Arena on October 6, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
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The UFC has not held discussions regarding Conor McGregor's next fight, UFC President Dana White told ESPN's Brett Okamoto on Thursday.

White said: 

"Conor and I have not talked about fighting. If you're Conor, sitting at home, everybody is calling you out, in every weight division. Who's next? I'm waiting for [heavyweight Daniel Cormier] to call him out, you know? Conor, his personality, he's going to respond to that.

"I think what Conor needs to do is sit back and let these fights start rolling out. Obviously, the most important division is the 155-pound [lightweight] division. See what plays out."

McGregor may not have an official fight scheduled, but he hasn't been shy about who he'd like to face next. On Thursday, he accepted a challenge for a catchweight fight with UFC legend Anderson Silva:

Conor McGregor @TheNotoriousMMA

I accept. https://t.co/HYqF132EvZ

He also said earlier in May that he was willing to box Oscar De La Hoya:

Conor McGregor @TheNotoriousMMA

I accept your challenge, Oscar de la Hoya.

And he wants a shot at Justin Gaethje, the UFC's interim lightweight champion, tweeting that he'd "butcher" him and put his teeth "on a f--king necklace."

White's implication Thursday seemed to be that McGregor would get a shot to face the winner of Gaethje vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov, assuming that lightweight unification bout happens as expected. McGregor has never faced Gaethje, though Nurmagomedov defeated McGregor by fourth-round submission at UFC 229 in Oct. 2018. 

McGregor either facing the hard-hitting Gaethje or getting a rematch with Nurmagomedov would be a huge fight. Granted, seeing him face Silva would be fun, though a bit more of a novelty. For now, however, it sounds as though the UFC wants McGregor to take a wait-and-see approach to his next bout.