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Dana White: Conor McGregor may get Khabib Nurmagomedov, not winner of Ferguson-Lee, following Floyd Mayweather fight

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Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) has created an interim strap in the absence of lightweight champion Conor McGregor, who took a break from mixed martial arts (MMA) to box Floyd Mayweather Jr. in Las Vegas.

More on that madness here.

Competing for the temporary title will be top-ranked division contender Tony Ferguson and rising 155-pound up-and-comer Kevin Lee, so it would only make sense for “Notorious” to make his Octagon return and unify the titles, right?


“No,” UFC President Dana White told MMA Junkie when asked if the winner of Ferguson-Lee was guaranteed a crack at the returning McGregor. “Conor told me he wanted to go fight Khabib (Nurmagomedov) in Russia. Khabib’s not healthy, if Khabib gets healthy again, we’ll start talking about what’s next for Khabib.”

Makes sense.

Then again, having multiple champions in a single weight class is nothing new, as Michael Bisping holds the 185-pound title — and will defend it against welterweight import Georges St-Pierre — while Robert Whittaker stays home with the interim strap.

Then again, you know what the “C” stands for, so this should come as no surprise.