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Dana White puts an end for McGregor's vacation by March and hint Ferguson vs. Nurmagomedov NEXT!

The UFC Lightweight division state has gone pretty insane after Khabib Nurmagomedov demolished Edson Barboza at UFC 219, placing him as possibly one of the baddest fighters to compete in the lightweight division history knowing he is still unbeatable, not to forgot how bad he makes his opponents look, and now there's no escape ... The Eagle deserves a Title shot! but who will he fight? The absent champion Conor McGregor or interim champion Tony Ferguson?

McGregor hasn’t fought in MMA since his November 2016 title victory over Eddie Alvarez, and many assumed that a title unification bout against Ferguson would be next for the Irishman. Still, in the aftermath of Nurmagomedov’s performance at UFC 219, and Nurmagomedov’s  Twitter fight with McGregor, people started talking about a possible fight between The Eagle and The Notorious one.

In an interview with Kevin Iole on Yahoo! Sports, Dana White discussed this matter and put a timeline on McGregor's return:

“I love that matchup (against Nurmagomedov), but Tony Ferguson is the interim champion, and Conor and I haven’t really figured out when he’s coming back and what’s going on,” White said. “So Conor has some big decisions to make here, really quick. If he waits — I don’t think Conor wants to fight until August, but if he waits until August or September, that’s around two years since the belt has been defended, and that can’t happen.”

If McGregor decided not to fight until later this year, that will put him into a 20 months+ without defending his title!

“Not only to the sport, but to the other fighters,” White said. “This is game of time. Time is your enemy in this sport, or any other sport. When you’re a professional athlete, time is your enemy, and we can’t let this thing go on forever and not give other guys the opportunity. Tony Ferguson has been around for a long time and has earned his dues, Khabib has earned his dues, and the list goes on and on. So, Conor has done very well, he’s made a lot of money, and if he decides that he doesn’t want to fight again for another, however long, that’s up to him. That’s his choice and his decision. But the belt has to move on, so we’ve gotta figure some stuff out about him in the next couple of months.”

Regardless of what happens with McGregor, White hinted that the UFC is interested in seeing Ferguson vs. Nurmagomedov for the next fight, and could have an outcome of a legitimate champion if McGregor decided not to fight again.

“As long as Conor is willing to (book a) fight by March, we could do Khabib versus Tony,” White said. “We could do Khabib versus Tony, and then the winner fights Conor for the title. Or if Conor doesn’t want to fight and wants to sit out until next fall, then we would have to make Khabib versus Tony for the title, not the interim title.”

and about what Conor said on Twitter "Pay me my worth and the Kings Back", White said:

“I’ve never been afraid to pay Conor McGregor money,” White said. “Conor McGregor brings the money in, and we’ve laid out a really nice offer for him, and he’s a smart kid. I think we’ll figure it out. I’ve always figured it out with him. I’ve always ended up getting a deal done with Conor McGregor. The question is, and you’re right, does he have so much money that he doesn’t care anymore and he doesn’t really want to fight? That’s up to him, but in no way, shape, or form am I asking him to come back and not make money, because he’s going to make money.”

So what could happen next? Will the notorious quiet everyone by defending the title before March? or will a new legitimate lightweight champion be crowed over a Ferguson vs. Nurmagomedov fight? stay tuned on MMA MENA for the latest news!