DANA White bared that Conor McGregor is taking the next 10 months off from the UFC, which led the company to strip the lightweight king of the featherweight belt he won just over a month ago.
In the UFC Unfiltered podcast with Jim Norton and Matt Serra, the UFC president said McGregor is taking a lengthy time off due to the pregnancy of his longtime girlfriend Dee Devlin, which forced him to vacate the featherweight title to be fair to the rest of the division’s contenders.
"That [featherweight] belt hadn’t been defended in almost a year, and Conor’s taking another 10 months off for maternity. It’s not fair to the rest of the guys in that division. You can’t tie up the entire division,” said White at the 17:19 mark of the podcast.
McGregor made history by becoming the first UFC fighter to hold two titles at the same time when he vanquished Eddie Alvarez to add the lightweight belt to his featherweight championship in UFC 205 last November.
But at the time, White only disclosed in an interview with Los Angeles Times’ Lance Pugmire that McGregor would be out until May 2017 due to the pregnancy.
Now, UFC fans will have to wait until September next year to see McGregor back in the octagon.
"His girl [Dee Devlin] gets super stressed out when he fights. He doesn’t want her having any of that stress while she’s pregnant,” said White, who also acknowledged to Pugmire that the ever-busy McGregor deserves the time off.
“He’s good. He should take time off. He’s been fighting nonstop. Nothing wrong with him taking time off. It’s good for him and her, and it’s good for the baby," he added.
But with McGregor seeking equity in the UFC if he is to fight inside the octagon again, and after obtaining a boxing license from California, questions abound on what path the brash Irishman will take next especially with the extended time off.
White, though, is certain of one thing: there won’t be a McGregor-Floyd Mayweather Jr boxing superfight.
“It ain’t happening,” he said to Yahoo Sports’ Kevin Iole.