Right now, his status as the belt-holder at 155lbs is completely up in the air, but with Khabib Nurmagomedov now scheduled to face off against the current interim-champ Tony Ferguson at UFC 223, the notion that we may well have a new undisputed champion when all is said and done seems to be gaining some substance.
According to the Wrestling Observer Newsletter (via MMAPayout.com), UFC 203 had the second-biggest buyrate (475,000) on a pay-per-view card without either Conor McGregor or Ronda Rousey in 2016. But the UFC threw a curveball at everyone in attendance, declaring Ferguson vs. Nurmagomedov in April for the undisputed lightweight title while at the same time refusing to strip McGregor.
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The 39-year-old Punk, whose real name is Phil Brooks, was tapped out in 2:14 by Mickey Gall in his UFC debut in September 2016. "Do you know how many people want to see that guy take a shin to the face?"
White was also asked about the current status of WWE Universal Champion Brock Lesnar, who is serving a one-year USADA suspension from MMA after failing two drug tests related to his UFC 200 fight. He wants one more.
He said: "They offered me Conor and Conor didn't want to fight". "I'm going to tell him 'hey, go in line'".