In fact, in an interview with TMZ over the weekend, White confirmed there has been no movement on the superfight and that he expects McGregor’s next bout to take place inside the octagon.
We’re nowhere. We’re nowhere with it. We’re nowhere. I expect Conor’s next fight to be in the UFC, in mixed martial arts, and the winner of Khabib [Nurmagomedov] and [Tony] Ferguson.
However, McGregor recently said the next time he steps inside the arena will be “through the ropes wearing 10-ounce or eight-ounce gloves.” Which completely runs against White’s claims. At the moment, it’s pretty obvious that McGregor needs to involve the UFC much more, otherwise this boxing bout will be an epic fail. There’s a good chance that McGregor is using all this for more leverage within the promotion, but at the same time shooting himself in the foot.
It appears like the winner between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson will get the next shot at the lightweight title following their UFC interim lightweight bout this weekend at UFC 209 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Stay tune tofor much more updates to come.