Dana White on McGregor return, CM Punk, Mayweather in UFC


McGregor hasn't been seen in the Octagon since UFC 205, when he defeated Eddie Alvarez to win the UFC Lightweight Title.

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.

White on what it would take for Floyd Mayweather to fight in the UFC: "If Floyd wants to fight in the octagon and get out of his Showtime deal, let's do it".

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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?"

While Mayweather trying MMA still is a fantasy, White said he will give former WWE star CM Punk another shot at his dream of being a cage fighter. "He's a good dude", White said.

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'".