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Morning Report: Dana White says a Conor McGregor title shot will ‘depend on who the champion is’

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There was no turning back from the main event spotlight for Conor McGregor once he became a UFC champion in 2015. Ireland’s favorite fighting son is the biggest star the sport of MMA has ever seen and it’s hard to imagine him being topped in that category anytime soon. Because of that magnetic drawing power “The Notorious” possesses, it can come with some perks more often than not.

McGregor currently finds himself 1-3 in his last four fights dating back to 2016 when he held the lightweight title. Now fresh off two back-to-back losses to Dustin Poirier that made up McGregor’s 2021, a title shot remains a possibility according to UFC President Dana White.

“It’s gonna depend on who the champion is,” White told The Underground regarding a McGregor title shot. “The champion has some say in that, too. Who’s gonna be the champ when Conor McGregor comes back? And what do they wanna do? If you look at [Charles] Oliveira, right... if it’s still Oliveira by the time he comes back, maybe Oliveira wants Conor. Who knows? I don’t know. We’ll see what happens.”

The current champion in Charles Oliveira is expected to defend against Justin Gaethje at UFC 274 on May 7 in Phoenix, Ariz. Meanwhile, McGregor remains on the mend from his last encounter with Poirier which saw him suffer a gruesome leg break to close round one. On top of that, rising lightweight superstar Islam Makhachev continues to impress and his shot at the belt seems like just a matter of time.

“There’s a lot of variables that have to come together for him to come back and fight,” White said of McGregor. “No. 1 is health and how’s his leg. Then once that’s 100 percent then we’ll start to figure out where he goes. Because a lot of these — we have fights made all the way up to June 18 already. Once he’s 100 percent ready to go, we’ll get him figured out and we’ll see what’s what with the lightweight division and we’ll get him figured out.”


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