Themistoklis Alexis

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So far as Dana White is worried, Conor McGregor has his subsequent opponent.

Moments after Tony Ferguson’s interim light-weight title win over Kevin Lee at UFC 216 in Las Vegas on Saturday, the UFC president advised FOX Sports activities 1’s Megan Olivi that the brand new divisional champ will certainly face undisputed king Conor McGregor in a championship unification bout.

White wouldn’t connect a goal date to the matchup.

Interim champs are historically topped for a date with the reigning titleholder, though whether or not McGregor would in reality face the winner of Saturday’s fundamental occasion was the topic of a lot hypothesis, as a rubber match with Nate Diaz – the Irishman’s biggest rival – nonetheless looms giant.

McGregor himself remained noncommittal on his subsequent transfer in a current Q&A, stating he’d re-consider the panorama as soon as Ferguson and Lee had squared off. After Saturday’s card, White seems to have relieved him of the choice. The UFC boss added on the postfight presser that the unification bout “has to occur,” after capturing down rumblings of a trilogy tilt between McGregor and Diaz.

Whereas it is nonetheless early to place a timeline on McGregor’s return to the Octagon, his coach John Kavanagh lately dominated out December’s UFC 219. The light-weight king final fought Floyd Mayweather in August, however hasn’t seen the Octagon since profitable the crown with a second-spherical knockout of Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205 final November.