As of Thursday, Conor McGregor is free to pursue his next UFC fight after cutting a plea deal to avoid jail time for his destructive bus attack during UFC 223 fight week. McGregor plead guilty to one count of disorderly conduct, had the other felony charges dropped, and won’t have a criminal record or anything to impede his travel to and from the United States.
If the minimal punishment McGregor faced from the court system irks you in any way, then don’t expect the UFC to take further action. UFC president Dana White spoke to media after Friday’s UFC on FOX 30 weigh-ins, and in his eyes, McGregor has already dealt with quite a bit of punishment.
“Conor has faced a lot of repercussions,” White said (via MMAjunkie). “Conor has lost a lot of money and a lot of time. Conor and I are good. We’re good.”
It’s sure continues with his cool-down moment after initially calling McGregor’s actions “the most disgusting thing that has ever happened” in UFC history.
And yes, while McGregor doesn’t have a new deal in place for his return to the Octagon, the matchup that the UFC is targeting is between him and current lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov, preferably for UFC 229 in October.
“The fight everybody wants to see is Conor and Khabib,” White said. “That’s the fight.”
McGregor held the featherweight and lightweight titles, but defended neither of them and was stripped of both. He hasn’t had an MMA fight since defeating then-lightweight king Eddie Alvarez in November 2016. A showdown with Khabib figures to have major potential as one of the biggest events in UFC history, but none of that can happen until pen is put to paper and McGregor’s team has come to new financial terms.