Conor McGregor will not get a chance to become a three-weight world champion according to UFC president, Dana White.
For months, it seemed likely that Kamaru Usman would defend his belt against the BMF champion in Jorge Masvidal. It was expected to take place at International Fight Week, yet recently “Gamebred” turned his attention to rematching Nate Diaz leaving the welterweight champ without a dance partner.
Since then, Usman called out Conor McGregor. But, the Irishman will not be getting the title shot, despite the champ wanting it.
“Listen, he next title fight for Usman is going to be one of these guys,” White said on SportsCenter. “It’s gonna be Colby, Masvidal, Edwards. It’s gonna be one of those guys, it’s not gonna be Conor McGregor.”
Kamaru Usman is coming off a fifth-round TKO win over Covington for his first title defense. Before that, he beat Tyron Woodley by decision to win the belt.
What is interesting about White’s comments is the fact he never mentioned the winner of Woodley vs. Burns. The two will headline this Saturday’s nights card where many thought the winner could receive a title shot. But, with White not mentioning them, the winner of Saturday’s fight will need at least one more win before they get a crack at Usman.
Conor McGregor, meanwhile, is coming off a 40 second TKO win over Donald Cerrone at UFC 246. It was his return to the Octagon after suffering a fourth-round submission loss to Khabib Nurmagomedov for the lightweight title back at UFC 229.
The Irishman has been fighting at welterweight so him getting a title shot was not completely out of the picture. But, White is not interested in that happening. So, with Nurmagomedov fighting Gaethje and Masvidal wanting to rematch Diaz, all of a sudden, McGregor has limited options for who and when he fights again.