Tired of questions about Conor McGregor’s possible return to the octagons, Dana White decided to put an end to speculation.
In an interview with the website ‘BarstoolSports’, the UFC president stated that the former featherweight and lightweight champion Conor McGregor will not fight again in 2020.
Dana was skeptical about the Irishman’s permanent retirement, Now he remained firm in the position that at least this year Conor will not step into the octagon again.
“This year, he is retired,” White said on the “My Mom’s Basement” podcast. “He doesn’t have a fight this year, and he won’t have a fight this year. Conor McGregor will not fight in 2020. … I guarantee he will not fight in 2020.”
“Do we believe that he will remain retired? I think most of us don’t believe he will remain retired, but let me put it to you this way: I owe the fighters who are under contract with me three fights a year. OK? If I don’t offer these three fights a year, I have to pay them. Conor McGregor is retired, whether people want to believe it or not. He’s not going to fight now, so since he’s not fighting, I don’t even think about him or what he’s doing or something at the business level. (…) He will not fight.”
After being out of the octagons for more than a year, Conor McGregor made his comeback in January of this year, running over ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone at UFC 246 in Las Vegas (USA).
At the time, the Irishman promised to stay active and do two more fights in 2020, but the new coronavirus pandemic hampered his plans and the Ultimate schedule.
The former champion announced his retirement – for the third time in recent years – in June.