Dana White: Conor McGregor 'needs to clean this up fast' before title becomes vacant
The UFC President has stated that the Dubliner needs to clear up the 'retirement' issue quickly before his title is vacated, while stating his belief that McGregor will not retire.
UFC featherweight champion McGregor sent the world of MMA into a spin last night with a tweet suggesting that he has called time on his fighting career.
It looks as though he will not be a part of the biggest night in the promotion's history after being dramatically pulled from UFC 200.
However, UFC top dog Dana White has not completely ruled out the Notorious' involvement in UFC 200, though he has said that the Dubliner must act quickly to rectify the situation.
If the Irishman fails to act, it looks as though he will be forced to vacate his featherweight belt:
White says Conor needs to clear up his status soon because if he remains retired Aldo v Edgar will be for the featherweight title.— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) April 20, 2016
If his retirement is for real, Jose Aldo will fight Frankie Edgar for the featherweight belt at UFC 200 - the same belt which McGregor took from Aldo with a 13-second knockout.
White has further explained why the Notorious was taken off the UFC 200 billing while potentially offering him a route back to UFC salvation if he so desires it.
"Conor basically said he didn't want to come to Vegas…(the UFC 200) tour was Vegas, Stockton, and New York. He said he didn't want to do it," White told Fox Sports 1 show 'The Herd'.
"You can't make everyone happy. One thing no one is exempt from is promoting their fights.
"Our relationship isn't damaged at all. Conor was making a lot of money for this fight. His fight isn't for three months.
"It's not a money issue.
"I do not think [he is retiring]."
Dana White on The Herd now. "Never, ever was this about money." He also says he thinks Conor will fight again this year.— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) April 20, 2016
"Conor needs to clean this up fast or Jose Aldo and Frankie Edgar are fighting for the vacant featherweight title.
"Yeah, if he called me after this interview we would probably still do it.
"We're spending $10 million in promotion for UFC 200.
"It never got combative, and I was talking to his manager.
"Conor wasn't planning on delivering this weekend and I had to pull him. It's what had to be done."
Quotes via @MMAFighting