UFC president Dana White has revealed that Conor McGregor will only step foot in the Octagon again in May 2017 at the earliest.
McGregor recently made history as he knocked out Eddie Alvarez to become lightweight champion at UFC 205 earlier this month. Since he also holds the featherweight title, the Irishman is now the first-ever UFC fighter to hold two different titles at the same time.
McGregor also brought to light that he is expecting his first child in May and has opted to take some time off from competing in the UFC.
“He won’t fight before May,” White told the LA Times. “His girl gets super stressed out when he fights. He doesn’t want her having any of that stress while she’s pregnant.
“He’s good. He should take time off. He’s been fighting nonstop. Nothing wrong with him taking time off. It’s good for him and her and it’s good for the baby.”
The 28-year-old is a lightning rod for the UFC as he attracts people to the venues where he fights, while also significantly increasing PPV buys.
When asked if he is worried about how the promotion will do during McGregor’s absence, White said: “We’ve done this for 16 years, with a lot of big stars who couldn’t fight or moved on – Chuck Liddell, Anderson Silva, Georges St-Pierre. There’s not a day in this office I don’t get the question, ‘What are we going to do about this guy?’ Every day I turn around, I’ve got a reporter saying we’ve peaked.
“If I listened to any of that … we probably would be done. But I can tell you, we’re just getting started. Ari [Emmanuel, co-CEO of WME-IMG] is a bright, fresh-eyed guy who’s just getting into this business, and he’s in love with it.”