Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) dropped the bombshell late last night by revealing the featherweight champion Conor McGregor would once again go up in weight, this time to challenge Eddie Alvarez for his lightweight title on Nov. 12, 2016 in the headlining bout of UFC 205 in New York.
And earlier today (Tues., Sept. 27, 2016), White appeared on ESPN's "SportsCenter" to discuss why he booked the fight and confirmed that "Notorious" will have to give up one of his titles should he prove victorious in NYC.
"After the Nate Diaz fight, he injured his foot. The doctor said there's no real damage there, it's an old injury but you need to stay off your foot for a few weeks. Conor and I were going back and forth about the foot. I said, ‘Listen, you're not a doctor.' He told me, ‘I know my body better than you do.' I'll give him that one. He wants to fight. It's the reason we all love Conor McGregor."
White went on to say that despite what it may seem to the outside eye, negotiating fight contracts with Conor "isn't that bad," dubbing him an intelligent man that is willing to take on all comers.
In other words, he is "his kind of guy."
As a result of Mcgregor vs. Alvarez "super fight," No. 1 lightweight contender Khabib Nurmagomedov was left out in the cold, as was interim featherweight champion Jose Aldo, who was expected to rematch Conor in a title unification match.
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