Conor McGregor may be the featherweight champion but Dana White thinks he’s done with the division.
The Irishman has stated on more than one occasion that should he win or lose at UFC 196 he will go back down to 145 pounds to defend his title. But that is only if a “worthy” title challenger raises their hand.
Promotional president Dana White has other ideas on what he thinks will happen after Saturday’s main event.
“I think if he wins impressively tomorrow, he doesn’t go back to 45,” Dana White told Fox Sports. “That’s what i think. That weight cut is horrible for him. He looks terrible. I’m sure he feels terrible. I think he stays at 170 if he wins tomorrow.”
Now if McGregor opts to stay at 170 he will vacate the featherweight strap and most likely take on divisional champion Robbie Lawler at a later date. Giving up the title is something Dana White says McGregor understands very well.
“That would be a non-issue if he wasn’t going to go back [to 145] and he understands that. Listen when you’re dealing with McGregor, he’s a smart guy. He gets business. He’s not unreasonable about anything and he will fight anybody, anywhere, any time.”