UFC president Dana White has made it clear that reigning featherweight champion Conor McGregor will have no more fights in the welterweight division.
McGregor’s last two fights, both of which were against Nate Diaz at UFC 196 in March and UFC 202 in August, were in the 170-pound category.
McGregor tasted his first-ever UFC defeat at UFC 196 when he was made to submit in the second round, but got revenge over Diaz at UFC 202 as he triumphed via a majority decision.
The Irishman and Diaz have already talked about a third fight, but White poured cold water on the idea, saying he wants McGregor to return to the featherweight division and put his title on the line against interim champion Jose Aldo.
“I made that fight twice. That’s it. It’s time to move on because (McGregor) has the 145-pound title,” White said. “At the end of the day, he’s a 145-pound fighter. He could go to (lightweight), but going back up to 170 makes absolutely no sense, and it clogs up the entire division, which isn’t fair to the rest of the crew.”
Should McGregor opt not to return to the featherweight division, he will be made to relinquish his title.
If that turns out to be the case, it is possible that the 28-year-old could set his sights on lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez, who has already spoken of his desire to fight the Irishman.