After a three fight, and historic, 2016 campaign, it looks like the UFC will be without the services of Conor McGregor for a little while.
McGregor took out Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205 earlier this month to secure the lightweight title, and then afterwards, he announced he’s going to become a father in 2017. The featherweight champion also said that he planned to take some time off from fighting as a result.
Dana White spoke with the Los Angeles Times recently, and when asked about McGregor’s next bout, the UFC President stated:
“He won’t fight before May,” White said of McGregor. “His girl [Dee Devlin] gets super stressed out when he fights. He doesn’t want her having any of that stress while she’s pregnant. He’s good. He should take time off. He’s been fighting nonstop. Nothing wrong with him taking time off. It’s good for him and her and it’s good for the baby.”
Since McGregor has been the driving force behind several of the promotion’s biggest events to date, some have wondered what this could mean for the promotion’s bottom line. Especially since it remains to be seen if Ronda Rousey can defeat Amanda Nunes at 207. If she loses, there’s been a lot of speculation the superstar will retire. White, however, says the UFC machine is used to dealing with the absence of its biggest names.
“We’ve done this for 16 years, with a lot of big stars who couldn’t fight or moved on – Chuck Liddell, Anderson Silva, Georges St-Pierre,” White said. “There’s not a day in this office I don’t get the question, ‘What are we going to do about this guy?’ Every day I turn around, I’ve got a reporter saying we’ve peaked.”
Fair enough, and further, we’re only talking about a six month break or so for McGregor. Unless, of course, he can’t come to terms with the UFC on his next bout. Following McGregor’s win at UFC 205, he relayed he wants a equity stake in the promotion….