For the first time since Conor McGregor's August loss to Floyd Mayweather in McGregor's professional boxing debut, UFC president Dana White publicly expressed doubt over whether the lightweight champion will ever return to the Octagon.
There's no denying that Conor McGregor will likely never have a $100 million dollar payday for a single UFC bout - but while money is clearly one of McGregor's driving forces, he's also a man concerned about his legacy.
White had previously stated that a McGregor-Ferguson bout was the logical next step, saying: "Tony's the interim champion, Conor's the champion, that's the fight that makes sense".
Fighting's the worst. Try to get up and get punched in the face every day when you've got $100 million in the bank. "Just because he's a lighter weight, he would have to have a whole lot of different types of moves in order for it to make sense for him to get in there and be able to wrestle the bigger guys".
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"I would say, in the next 48 hours, if he is still in the country - and I understand that he may have left the country for a few days - but if he is still in the country, I understand from my sources that the Gardaí will be approaching him to give him a GIM form, which is a Garda Information Message, which is basically to tell him that there may be threats to his safety", said Mr Williams.
"He's major, so that's not going to end well for him (McGregor)".
'Conor might never fight again.
"If Conor wants to fight again, absolutely we want Conor to come fight", he added. If it's true, I'm sure we'll find out. "Right now, with him it's not about defend or vacate". We were working on a fight for him at the end of the year.
"He's got a new nutritionist and is having way less problems with his weight now, he is in the 170s now".More news: Cardi B Confirms Release Date For Hotly-Anticipated Debut Album
White also addressed recent questionable behavior from McGregor, namely when he charged a referee at a recent Bellator fight.
"He's a young, rich kid who is a god in Ireland", White said. "That's not the healthiest environment", White said.
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"Money changes everything", White explained.More news: Economy rebounds: GDP growth rate rises to 6.3% in September quarter