It seems Conor McGregor’s quest to capture the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Lightweight title has been put on hold once again. Company President Dana White revealed that "Notorious" won’t face division champion Eddie Alvarez at the upcoming UFC 205 pay-per-view (PPV) event in New York, N.Y., on Nov. 12, 2016, but rather it will be No. 1-ranked contender Khabib Nurmagomedov that will get the nod.
White spilled the beans via Twitter:
@kylemuir17 @TheNotoriousMMA @Ealvarezfight not true it's @TeamKhabib— Dana White (@danawhite) September 21, 2016
Shortly after taking out Nate Diaz in their much-anticipated Welterweight rematch at UFC 202 last month (highlights), McGregor and Co. began to lobby for a showdown against Alvarez for the promotion’s debut in "The Big Apple." But, it seems UFC higher-ups would rather see the real division contenders get a crack at the belt first. And there's no one more deserving than Nurmagomedov, who is riding an impressive perfect record (23-0), including seven straight victories inside the Octagon.
As for what might be next for McGregor, it seems an eventual title unification match against interim Featherweight champion Jose Aldo is the next logical step.