Dana White Confirms Conor McGregor Taking Time Off
Last weekend, UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor defeated Eddie Alvarez for the lightweight title at UFC 205, becoming the first man in company history to hold two separate championships simultaneously. However, the big question now is what the hell could possibly be next for McGregor.
UFC president Dana White addressed the subject directly, confirming that McGregor will be taking several months off to be alongside pregnant girlfriend Dee Devlin, who probably doesn’t need the stress of another fight during this pregnancy.
“He won’t fight before May,” White said in an interview with the LA Times. “His girl gets super stressed out when he fights. He doesn’t want her having any of that stress while she’s pregnant.
White added that this break is as much for McGregor as for his girlfriend.
“He’s good. He should take time off. He’s been fighting nonstop. Nothing wrong with him taking time off. It’s good for him and her and it’s good for the baby.”
White didn’t address, however, what the company was going to do about McGregor essentially holding up two divisions. Prior to UFC 205, White had insisted that McGregor would have to give up one of his titles if he defeated Alvarez, but there’s been no talk of forcing McGregor to vacate right now. In fact, White was more intent on assuring pundits that while McGregor is the biggest star in the business right now, the business isn’t dependent on any one star.
“We’ve done this for 16 years, with a lot of big stars who couldn’t fight or moved on – Chuck Liddell, Anderson Silva, Georges St-Pierre,” White said. “There’s not a day in this office I don’t get the question, ‘What are we going to do about this guy?’ Every day I turn around, I’ve got a reporter saying we’ve peaked. If I listened to any of that — we probably would be done.”
All things considered, I think White almost has to take one of McGregor’s belts away just to free up one of the two divisions. Because, at this rate, one of these divisions could be on hold for as long as a year. McGregor is still yet to defend the featherweight belt he won last year, and if he goes for a third fight with Nate Diaz when he returns, then it’ll be even longer before he defends it. Sure, they can keep interim champions in those divisions, but McGregor would still essentially be holding two divisions hostage to pursue his own interests. White and McGregor need to meet some kind of compromise.
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