"What we have to do, is he needs to defend that [UFC lightweight] title".
White told ESPN that he is not interested in a St. Pierre vs. McGregor fight, and continued to shoot down rumors of negotiations between both fighters' camps. He tried not to do it, but he contractually had to let go of the 145-pound belt.
In vacating his middleweight belt, GSP violated a clause in his contract that mandated he defend his title, should he win. "So, how has he never defended the title?" When he won the 155-pound belt, he dropped the 145-pound belt, which we made him do.
"It wasn't Conor's fault [dos Anjos] got hurt".
White also stated, in an interview on Undisputed, that the victor of the UFC 219 fight between Edson Barboza and Khabib Nurmagomedov could determine the next fight for Ferguson while he is awaiting the return of McGregor. "And after the fight, every fighter in the UFC gave him props for representing the sport".
The former five-division champion has come out of retirement twice to box - first for a fight against Juan Manuel Marquez in September 2009, then for the McGregor spectacle.
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White said it's easy to "look at a piece of paper" and argue McGregor's been reluctant to defend his title, but doing so ignores the details of the timeline.
One person you won't have to worry about seeing the Irishman fight, according to White, is Georges St-Pierre.
UFC was quick to strip inaugural women's featherweight champion Germane de Randamie of her title in June four months after winning it for refusing to immediately face Cris "Cyborg" Justino.
It's a similar situation to late 2015, when McGregor won the UFC's featherweight title by knocking out Jose Aldo.
"He ain't fighting Conor McGregor", White said.
"Tony Ferguson is the fight right now and is the move if [McGregor] wants to come back".