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I know we live in an era where the President’s hallmark is lying on a continuous basis, and that we are talking about his good friend Dana White, but this was impressive reality-denial, even by White’s standards. In an interview with’s Brett Okamoto, he really genuinely asked how McGregor has never defended a title.

"For people to suggest that, you're just a Conor hater," White told ESPN. "Because if you look at how everything played out, Conor has fought everybody. When he won the 155-pound belt, he dropped the 145-pound belt, which we made him do. He tried not to do it, but he contractually had to let go of the 145-pound belt.

"He became the 155-pound champion, and his next fight was against Floyd Mayweather. He has to defend the title now. So, how has he never defended the title?"

He hasn’t defended the title because... he hasn’t? I’m not a McGregor-hater. I like watching him fight, I want to see him back in the Octagon (although that won’t happen any sooner than this summer, also according to White) but it is a fact he has never once defended a title. Yet, White doubles down on this stance.

"There's some f---ing exaggeration in saying the guy's never defended a title," White said. "He fought everybody on his way up 145 pounds. He fought [Chad] Mendes, [Dustin] Poirier. He beat Max Holloway, the only guy to beat Max Holloway in four years.

"It wasn't Conor's fault [dos Anjos] got hurt. It is Conor's fault he did Mayweather, but we decided to do the Mayweather fight and everybody gave a f---. And after the fight, every fighter in the UFC gave him props for representing the sport."

It’s true that McGregor does polarize opinions. There are plenty of people accurately described as haters, who would have you believe he has never fought anyone of note, that he has only beaten cans. That is obviously not true. Max Holloway, Dustin Poirier, Chad Mendes, Eddie Alvarez- these guys aren’t slouches. Jose Aldo is, by accomplishment, still the greatest featherweight of all time, and McGregor ended him in that now-famous length of time, 13 seconds. The Nate Diaz loss was a fantastic moment of schadenfreude for McGregor detractors, but McGregor did (narrowly) win the rematch with some impressive adjustments; he remains the only fighter to accept a pure striking battle in the pocket with the younger Diaz and come out on top.

None of that changes the fact that he has never defended a title once in his life.


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