UFC President Dana White discussed a wide range of subjects during an interview with The Associated Press ahead of UFC 220.
White talked about the future of his company superstar, Conor McGregor, who continues to hold the UFC lightweight title but hasn't fought in MMA since the fall of 2016.
McGregor made as much as $100 million for last August's boxing match with Floyd Mayweather Jr. at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. It was McGregor's professional boxing debut and he's been talking about a Mayweather rematch in several interviews since the loss.
Tony Ferguson vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov for the interim lightweight title, the one Ferguson won in October, was announced for UFC 223 in New York. The 29-year-old McGregor has not fought for UFC since he won the lightweight belt in November 2016 .
McGregor could soon be stripped of the UFC lightweight title.
"We can't tie up the title two years, no matter how much I love the kid," White said. "We'll let Tony Ferguson and Khabib fight for the title and then Conor obviously will be the first one to come back and get a crack at either one of them."
Will McGregor come back to UFC?
"I don't know," White said. "I don't wait for anybody. I run my business, I keep rolling and that's it. The kid's got $100 million. Who knows, he might never fight again."
On a potential Mayweather-McGregor rematch.
"I wouldn't do that fight again," White said. "I would never work with Showtime again. I'd never work with that weasel (Showtime Sports executive Stephen Espinoza) again."
How about Mayweather crossing over to the UFC?
"If Floyd wants to fight in the octagon and get out of his Showtime deal, let's do it," White said. "I think that's the only way people would care this time. Do you know how many people want to see that guy take a shin to the face?"