Conor McGregor: Dana White makes huge admission as court case looms

McGregor was relieved of the lightweight crown last month due to his long hiatus from the Octagon, which currently stands at 18 months.

Khabib Nurmagomedov was crowned the division’s new ruler in the main event of UFC 223, defeating Al Iaquinta via unanimous decision to claim his 26th professional victory.

A fight between McGregor and Nurmagomedov is currently high on the promotion’s wish list but is well and truly up in the air.

That’s due to the fact McGregor is currently facing three charges of assault and one charge of criminal mischief for hi, where he threw a dolley through the window of a bus carrying his fellow fighters.

The Irishman is due to explain his actions in court on June 14, and White admits the outcome of that hearing will determine how the promotion proceed with the lightweight division.

“Well let me put it this way: Ferguson isn’t going to be back until, probably, October… if everything goes perfect for him after his surgery,” White said during an appearance on UFC Unfiltered when discussing what could be next for Nurmagomedov.

“Then you’ve got Alvarez-Porier. We’ll see how this thing plays out legally for Conor.

“Conor has to show up in New York and handle his legal mess.”

McGregor’s actions in Brooklyn could lead to him banned from re-entering the United States, which would be a catastrophe for the .

The Dubliner hasn’t been punished for his latest misdemeanour and White has suggested the promotion will reprimand their poster boy after the culmination of the court case.

“We’ll see. We’ll see what happens,” he told TMZ earlier this month. “He’s got to be punished by the law first. Let’s see what happens in New York.”

When asked if he had any idea when McGregor could return to action, White added: “He’s got to go through that (court case) first.”

McGregor, 29, hasn’t set foot inside the cage since his historic , a triumph which saw him become the first fighter in the promotion’s history to hold two titles simultaneously.

Despite the dark cloud hanging over his future, McGregor recently hinted that he’s ready to end his long hiatus.

Last Wednesday, he posted a video of himself sparring with one of his training partners to his Instagram page.

The accompanying caption read: “McGregor Sports and Entertainment.”

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