UFC President Dana White was under the impression that current UFC Lightweight Champion Conor McGregor wouldn’t be competing for the majority of 2017 due to the impending birth of his first child. McGregor recently told RTE out of Ireland that he may not be gone as long as White believes. While McGregor wants new UFC owners to fly to negotiate with him. White doesn't seem to plan to do that.
“When Conor’s ready to talk, he knows where I am,” White said at a recent media event.
Following a fantastic 2016 PPV year, the UFC isn't expecting McGregor around any time soon.
“The last conversation that Conor and I had, he was taking 10 months off,” White said. “So everybody keeps talking. I’m not even thinking about Conor. Conor is not in my plans for the next 10 months. We run a business where we make fights. I know who’s available, I know who’s not available. Right? 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. And that’s it. He’s not in any of our plans for the next 10 months.”
McGregor hasn’t competed since UFC 205 this past November, where he defeated Eddie Alvarez to win the UFC Lightweight Title.