Tony Ferguson vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov Official For UFC 223

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It was also mentioned by Ferguson that he was offered a chance to fight McGregor, but Conor turned the fight down. "Shout out Celtic football club".

Judging by those comments, it would appear the UFC was going to strip McGregor of his title but White still wouldn't say with any certainty that he's actually had the title taken away from him.

And the young defender tweeted a photo of McGregor wearing the shirt with the caption "GOAT", an acronym for "Greatest of all time".

During Celtic's 5-0 win over Astana at Parkhead a year ago, supporters unveiled a banner borrowing one of McGregor's slogans - "We're not here to take part, we're here to take over".

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White was appearing at a press conference with the fighters and introduced Ferguson, now the interim champ, as "the champion" - so was immediately asked if he had an update on McGregor's status.

Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson will fight for the title in McGregor's absence - but McGregor would get "first crack" at his old belt "if and when" he does return to the sport.

McGregor added the 155-pound belt to his featherweight title with a historic victory over Eddie Alvarez in November 2016, but has not stepped foot in the octagon since, having pursued a money-spinning cross-combat bout with Floyd Mayweather Jr past year. "The victor of this fight will be the champion", White said.

White wasn't pressed to reveal if McGregor would be stripped of the UFC Lightweight title this weekend at UFC 220 and if the Ferguson-Nurmagomedov fight would be for the vacated championship or Ferguson's interim championship. Ferguson looks to extend his 10-fight win streak while Khabib looks to claim UFC gold for the first time while maintaining his flawless record. "I think it would maybe be like the Eddie Alvarez fight and he'd stop him in the second". Right now the position we're in, Conor's saying maybe I'll come back in August, maybe I'll come back in September. That is not fair to the rest of the guys in the division. "The division has to go on", White said. However, he has never defended the title and has fought just once in the 14 months since - a tenth round boxing rules loss to Floyd Mayweather. "If and when Conor comes back, he will get the first crack at the title".

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