Showtime's Espinoza: Mayweather Won't Fight in MMA or Box Again

Showtime's Espinoza: Mayweather Won't Fight in MMA or Box Again

During the appearance, White added Conor McGregor wants a boxing rematch with Mayweather "really bad" because he wasn't happy with his performance. Mayweather is now 1-0 against UFC star Conor McGregor, as the two faced off in a boxing match earlier this year.

McGregor (21-3 MMA, 9-1 UFC), the No. 1 ranked fighter in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA lightweight rankings and No. 3 pound-for-pound fighter, has yet to defend the lightweight title he won in November 2016.

Despite the situation, the UFC executive said his recent conversations with McGregor haven't been about fighting.

It was hoped that McGregor would return to the Octagon in the main event of UFC 219 to defend his title and see 2017 out in style but discussions on that were given the kibosh after his ill-advised antics at a Bellator event in Dublin.

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"There is no status", White told ESPN. When he won the 155-pound belt, he dropped the 145-pound belt, which we made him do.

McGregor became the undisputed 145-pound champion with a stunning knockout of Jose Aldo in December of 2015 but never defended the title. It is Conor's fault he did Mayweather, but we chose to do the Mayweather fight and everybody gave a f--.

In vacating his middleweight belt, GSP violated a clause in his contract that mandated he defend his title, should he win.

"If Conor McGregor fights next year, that'll be awesome".

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"It wasn't Conor's fault [dos Anjos] got hurt". White is hopeful that McGregor can return no later than summer of 2018 but wouldn't say who his opponent might be. "And after the fight, every fighter in the UFC gave him props for representing the sport".

"Tony Ferguson is the fight right now and is the move if (McGregor) wants to come back".

It was nonetheless an indication that a comeback was soon forthcoming, with interim 155lb. champion Tony Ferguson waiting in the wings. "They're both waiting, if Georges wants to come back".

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