"The victor of this fight will be the champ".
Conor McGregor's status as UFC lightweight champion was left in more doubt than ever after Dana White claimed Tony Ferguson and Khabib Nurmagomedov will meet for the "undisputed title" at UFC 223. Nurmagomedov and Ferguson will fight at UFC 223 in Brooklyn on 7 April.
White continued upon a similar theme here, saying: "Conor's saying, 'Maybe I'll come back in August, maybe I'll come back in September".
Of course, Conor McGregor now holds the belt, however, the Dubliner has not fought since November 2016 when he claimed the title by beating Eddie Alvarez.
A freakish scene unfolded in Boston on Friday at a press conference to greet the main event fighters from UFC 223 as interim lightweight champion Tony Ferguson will face Khabib Nurmagomedov on April 7 in Brooklyn. "That can't happen. It's not fair to everybody else".
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Tonight's press conference then meandered off in a different direction, until ESPN's Brett Okamoto and Ariel Helwani of MMAFighting.com returned to the issue of McGregor's lightweight title reign in search of clarity.
"If it happens that they fight each other, and if it happens that it's for the belt, they're both going to bed at night think to themselves, 'I've got to beat Conor to be really seen as the champ.' That's how I see it".
The UFC president, however, did comment on Notorious' inactivity in the Lightweight division, as he said, according to The Score: "I said after the (Floyd) Mayweather fight whether this kid fights again after this type of a payday".
Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson will fight for the title in McGregor's absence - but McGregor would get "first crack" at his old belt "if and when" he does return to the sport. Ferguson looks to extend his 10-fight win streak while Khabib looks to claim UFC gold for the first time while maintaining his flawless record. "I said that Conor can't hold up the title for two years". "The division has to go on", White said.