White and McGregor disagree on his timeline to return

Dana White and Conor McGregor don't appear to be seeing eye to eye on just when the Irishman will be making his return to the Octagon.

McGregor said after his victory over Eddie Alvarez in November that he was going to take a longer break than usual, as his first child was on the way.

White then stated that he expected two-division champion to be out for the next 10 months.

But McGregor never said he intended to be out for that long, and seemed to indicate he was eyeing a return sooner than that when speaking in Ireland recently. 

“I’m ready for anything. I did say I was going to take a break but a Christmas break, the holidays. At least give me the holidays off. We’ll see what happens in the future,” he said.

Dana White

But that is news to White, who is still very much sticking to his original prediction of 10 months out.

“The last conversation that Conor and I had he was taking 10 months off. I’m not even thinking about Conor. Conor is not in my plans for the next 10 months,” White said on Wednesday.

“We run a business where we make fights. I know who’s available and I know who’s not available. Conor told me ‘I’m not available for 10 months, we’re having a baby, my girl stresses out when I fight and I don’t want to put that on her while she’s pregnant.’ I love it, I respect it, I get it. Do your thing, buddy.”

The UFC has filled out fight cards well into March of 2017, with more to be added in the next few weeks, and White reiterated that McGregor isn't currently part of their plans. 

“That’s it,” he said. “He’s not in any of our plans for the next 10 months.”