UFC president Dana White has confirmed that Conor McGregor won’t be stripped of his featherweight title, but insisted that he will have a make a decision on whether he will return to the featherweight division.
McGregor defeated Nate Diaz via majority decision at UFC 202 earlier this month, and following the fight White said that the Irishman would be putting his featherweight title on the line against interim featherweight champion Jose Aldo.
McGregor, though, appears to have little interest in fighting Aldo again and has a number of other options available to him. Should he decide not to take on the Brazilian, McGregor will more than likely have to vacate his featherweight title.
“He’s not going to get stripped. He’s going to make a decision,” White told NBC Sports Radio. “He knows the Nate Diaz fight isn’t the fight to make right now. He has to either defend his title or give it up and decide what he wants to do next. We’ll get that figured out with him.”
With plans for a third fight against Diaz on hold, McGregor is likely left with two choices – take on Aldo, who he defeated in 13 seconds to be crowned champion at UFC 194 in December last year, or face lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez in a title fight.