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Dana White: ‘Conor McGregor is out there knocking everybody out at lightweight’

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Conor McGregor has just one fight in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Lightweight division. And it was a rather impressive one, too, as he knocked out Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205 back in November of 2016 to win the division title.

Since then, “Notorious” hasn’t competed at 155 pounds, or any other weight class, for that matter.

Still, that didn’t stop promotion president Dana White from singing the Irishman’s praises division during a recent interview on The Jim Rome Show when breaking down the upcoming Max Holloway vs. Khaibb Nurmagomedov title fight at UFC 223 this weekend (Sat., April 7, 2018) in Brooklyn, New York.

“For people that don’t know, Khabib is undefeated, he is 25-0 and it is impossible to go undefeated in this sport. This guy is the real deal, he’s a beast. I think Max Holloway is very underrated...the guy hasn’t lost in five years. His last lost was a decision to Conor. Conor is out there knocking everybody out at 155, and Holloway went to a decision with him. He (Max) has got the most stoppages in featherweight history, is an absolute beast and I think he is completely underrated. But at the end of the day, Khabib is a monster and when you break this fight down, you look at the stats, it’s awesome.”

Okay then?

Of course, McGregor does have a few knockouts in the lightweight division on the regional circuit, but the fact remains he has only one win at 155 pounds inside the Octagon. Perhaps it was a slip of the tongue with Dana getting caught up in the excitement?

Nevertheless, it’s an odd proclamation to make, right Frankie Edgar?

As far as losing his title once “a punch is thrown” this Saturday night, McGregor understands the division must move on, according to White, and is determined to make an MMA comeback this September.

“Obviously he is not thrilled about it. Conor is a really smart kid and he understands. He hasn’t fought in a year and a half and he’s talking about coming back in September. You just can’t let the division sit around like that, it’s not fair to everyone else. I think Conor gets that. We have been talking a lot lately. I think the fact that the division is moving on has lit a fire under him and he wants to fight.”

Tony Ferguson isn’t thrilled about losing his strap, either.