Just over a year after Conor McGregor was stripped of the UFC featherweight title, promotion president Dana White is thinking he might have to take another belt away from mixed martial arts’ biggest star.
Because according to White, McGregor might never fight again, and it has a whole bunch to do with the fat stack he was given to get smacked around by Floyd Mayweather in a boxing ring.
“Conor is a rich kid, who is a god in Ireland,” White told reporters on Tuesday. “That’s not the healthiest environment.”
McGregor last fought in the UFC on November 12, 2016, when he topped Eddie Alvarez for the lightweight title in his debut in the weight class. White hoped the Irishman would fight at UFC 219 on December 30, but the sides never came to an agreement.
“We were working on a fight for him at the end of the year, and he’s just not ready,” White said, according to ESPN.
“We’re still in that ‘Conor might never fight again’ [phase]. The guy’s got a f**king $100 million. I’ve got guys who have made less than that, who were lawyers their whole lives and quit working … And fighting is the worst. Try to get up and get punched in the face for a living when you’ve got $100 million in the bank.”
On November 26, 2016, McGregor was stripped of the featherweight belt—two weeks after becoming the UFC’s first simultaneous two-weight champion—due to inactivity in the division. It had been 350 days since he’d last fought at featherweight. Tuesday marked 381 days since McGregor had fought at lightweight.
“At the end of the day, I’m going to run this business with or without anybody,” White said. “If Conor wants to fight again, we absolutely want Conor to come back. But if Conor walks away and doesn’t fight again, it’s part of the game.
“We need to figure that out. Right now, with him, it’s not about defend or vacate. We’re working on a new deal with him. We’ve got to work out this new deal.”
If McGregor doesn’t want to continue torturing himself now that he has more money than he’ll ever need, good for him. He’d have more time to do what he really loves, like pick fights without getting paid for it.