Dana White says Conor McGregor will definitely return this year

Grant SmithApr 06, 2018

During McGregor's long layoff from the UFC, Ferguson had won an interim lightweight belt, but at a news conference to promote UFC 223, White said (via MMA Fighting), "Tony Ferguson isn't being stripped".

White told reporters that he thought a warrant had been issued for McGregor after the altercation at the Barclays Center, but the NYPD said it is still investigating the incident, and no formal arrest warrant has been issued.

There's only one question for UFC fans. Every once in a while, though, something interesting happens on the Thursday before a fight.

Conor McGregor (blue gloves) celebrates after defeating Eddie Alvarez (red gloves) in their lightweight title bout during UFC 205 at Madison Square Garden.

The videos that ran prior to the Wednesday afternoon UFC 223 press conference at the Williamsburg Music Hall were promoting a lightweight title fight between Tony Ferguson and Khabib Nurmagomedov that isn't even happening anymore.

After tweeting profanities directed towards the UFC, McGregor arrived at Barclays Center in NY on Thursday to interrupt the UFC 223 press conference and caused quite the scene.

When McGregor was forced to relinquish the featherweight belt in 2016, the outspoken fighter let it be known that he wasn't on board. The only one that's losing the belt here is Conor.

"Conor went bananas and put a beating on the van that we were in looking for Khabib", Little said. "This was a real bad career move for him". Conor's losing the belt. "We'll see how this thing plays out and we'll go from there". Ferguson and Nurmagomedov had been booked to fight each other four times, yet all four fights have been called off.

Conor McGregor sure knows how to make news, if you believe all press is good press, anyway.

But in an x-rated early-morning tweet, McGregor held nothing back in his warning to the UFC.

While the details of the event are still cloudy, White blasted McGregor afterward, saying he's not eager to do business with McGregor any time soon.

It's always worth taking what the UFC president says with a grain of salt. In fact, he enthusiastically screamed into the mic that the biggest superstar in the sport will fight again before the year's end.

Prior to Thursday, White had said McGregor would "100 percent" return to UFC in 2018.

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