conference in the UK to promote the much anticipated title
unification bout between the champion Khabib
Nurmagomedov and the interim champion Dustin
Poirier to be held on Sept. 7 in Abu Dhabi.
As expected, White was questioned about the availability of
McGregor who hasn’t fought since his one-sided loss to the
champion Nurmagomedov at UFC 229 back in October. Since then,
McGregor has announced his retirement in the sport before getting
into a personal spat with “The Eagle” on Instagram.
White said he has been in contact with the former dual-division
champion and said will be a keen observer when the 155-pound
championship fight takes place later this year (via BJPenn.com).
“Conor is in a position where he’s sitting back right now, and I
think, waiting to see how this whole thing plays out with all these
guys. But he should pop up soon.”
White defended the Irishman after comments from controversial
manager Ali Abdelaziz, who suggested that McGregor had turned down
a fight with Justin
“No. Conor hasn’t turned down anything,” White said. “Ali can say
whatever. Conor doesn’t turn down fights, period. Conor has been
one of the most stand-up… when things get crazy and most people
pull out of fights, Conor stays in. Conor
McGregor isn’t afraid to fight anyone, so that is absolutely
White said that despite McGregor’s significant wealth and his
successful Proper 12 Whiskey business, he believes the fan
favourite will return to the Octagon in 2019.
“I think we’ll see him this year,” White said.