UFC fans have been patiently waiting for Dana White to announce when lightweight champion Conor McGregor will finally return to the octagon - but White shockingly admitted earlier this week that the face of sport may never fight again.
Speaking about McGregor's actions and a possible punishment, White claimed that a fight at UFC 219 was indeed going to happen, before revealing the bombshell that the 29-year-old may never fight again.
"If Conor wants to fight again, absolutely we want Conor to come fight", he added. "The guy's got a f***ing hundred million dollars", White told media members, according to MMA Fighting. "Just because he's a lighter weight, he would have to have a whole lot of different types of moves in order for it to make sense for him to get in there and be able to wrestle the bigger guys". You go to school your whole life to be a lawyer and you're a good lawyer and make a few bucks and you're done. The guys sitting home every day watching cartoons or whatever he's doing. If this were true, I just have to believe it would be off-the-charts insane. We were working on a fight for him at the end of the year. I can't chase all these things around.
"We need to figure that out".
McGregor hasn't fought under the UFC banner since his knockout win over Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205 in November 2016.
"The other thing with the Bellator thing, he's a young, rich kid who is a god in Ireland. It's tough to get punched in the face every day when you've got $100 million". You know? Money changes everything, with a lot of people.
We know money is McGregor's motivation at this point, and his best chance of landing another life-changing payday is not in the octagon, where fighters - even big-name fighters - make a fraction of what boxers do.
McGregor's hiatus from the cage was largely in part down to the impending arrival of his first child, Conor Jr, who was born in May.
"What I would like right now, this is my thought, If Nate comes back and fights someone and wins, Conor fights someone and wins, Conor has a boxing match, they have a huge MMA fight after that, f***king huge".
"That's not the healthiest environment".
And these people, you have to remember - as I keep saying - they don't care, they don't have parameters, they don't have boundaries, they don't discriminate between whether you're an worldwide sporting icon or just a man on the street.
He said: "We were working on a fight for him at the end of the year. The guy's got $100m", White said while at UFC's headquarters in Las Vegas.
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