Conor McGregor may have ventured into the octagon for the last time according to UFC president Dana White.
The Crumlin man last fought in the UFC in November 2016 when he took a knockout victory over Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205 to win the lightweight championship, and has since been on a lucrative journey into the world of boxing, fighting and losing to former 15-time world champion Floyd Mayweather in a non-title exhibition fight, which is believed to have netted the Irishman $100m, a price tag that White believes may make the Dubliner think twice about ever risking life and limb by going into battle again.
"Conor might never fight again. The guy’s got $100 million," said White, speaking to the press at UFC's HQ in Las Vegas.
“I’ve got guys that made less than that and were lawyers and went to school their whole life and quit working.
"Try to get up and get punched in the face every day when you’ve got $100 million in the bank. Money changes everything with a lot of people."
White also revealed that the UFC had been trying to get McGregor back into action by the end of December 2017, just four months after his defeat to Mayweather on 26 August, but that the fighter was not in the right place to fight at present.
"We were gonna fight him. We were working on a fight for him at the end of the year. And he’s just not ready," said White.
If McGregor does return to the octagon the most likely fight is to defend his lightweight title against interim champion Tony Ferguson, who has been chomping at the bit to take on the UFC's most-prized asset stating McGregor must defend of vacate, with White also addressing that statement today.
"Ferguson has no business to talk about anything," White stated.
"Listen, we ain’t taking any direction from Ferguson. With [McGregor], it’s not about 'defend or vacate'. We’re working on a new deal right now. We’ve got to work out this new deal."
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