(Reuters) – UFC boss Dana White has pronounced that a organization’s lightweight pretension will be put adult for grabs in a showdown between halt hilt Tony Ferguson and Khabib Nurmagomedov, casting doubts over a power of stream champion Conor McGregor.
White announced a bout, that will take place during UFC 223 during a Barclays Centre in Brooklyn on Apr 7, on a Toucher and Rich radio uncover in Boston, where a UFC will theatre an eventuality this entrance Saturday.
McGregor became a initial UFC warrior to reason dual titles concurrently when he became lightweight champion by knocking out Eddie Alvarez during Madison Square Garden in Nov 2016 to win a lightweight belt, though he has never shielded it.
The 29-year-old Irishman was also formerly nude of a featherweight title, that he won opposite Jose Aldo with a overwhelming 13-second knockout in Dec 2015, though ascent a defense.
McGregor’s usually quarrel in 2017 was a remunerative fighting hitch opposite a undefeated Floyd Mayweather, that he lost.
Durable American Ferguson, who won a halt pretension combined during McGregor’s layoff by defeating Kevin Lee in Oct 2017, will accommodate Nurmagomedov, a 29-year-old prohibited awaiting from Dagestan.
White recently told Fox Sports that a classification would expected frame McGregor of his pretension if he refused to quarrel again soon.
“Conor has pronounced that he’s meditative about entrance behind in September. If he comes behind in Sep that’s roughly dual years – that can’t happen. It’s not satisfactory to everybody else,” White said.
“I adore Conor, honour Conor, adore all he’s finished for a company, everybody knows that, we contend it all a time (but) a belt would have to pierce on,” he explained.
Neither White, a UFC nor McGregor’s deputy have responded to a ask for comment.
Reporting by Philip O’Connor; Editing by Christian Radnedge