Former two division UFC champion Conor McGregor recently shocked the sports world by announcing his retirement from professional MMA competition.
UFC President Dana White says if McGregor had fought again, it would’ve been on a card that was headlined by a heavyweight title bout.
“Every time I deal with Conor there’s always something to deal with, but we get it figured out. We were gonna do - the fight that was going to be on the card with him was probably going to be the heavyweight championship,” White said on the My Mom’s Basement podcast (via Ryan Harkness of MMA Mania). “Should that be the co-main event?”
White also says that McGregor would’ve been in the co-main event because pay-per-views with non-title fight headlining bouts usually don’t fare too well.
“We’ve done a couple of fights where a championship fight wasn’t a main event, and it wasn’t very great. Didn’t work out very good,” White said. ”The reality is it’s not really what we do, but the media has been telling me they wanna see it, the fans have been saying just do it, so ... we’ll see what happens.”
McGregor has headlined a total of six UFC pay-per-view cards and two of them were in non-title fights.