UFC president Dana White recently made an announcement which could be heartbreaking for a number of UFC fans, as Conor McGregor is not going to get a shot at the lightweight title anytime soon. According to Dana White, Justin Gaethje deserved the opportunity before Conor McGregor and he wants to line up the winner of UFC 249 opposite Khabib Nurmagomedov for the 155 lbs UFC gold. Conor McGregor, therefore, will not be getting his hands on the lightweight strap anytime soon and the much-awaited rematch between him and Khabib Nurmagomedov has also been put on hold.
During an interaction with ESPN, Dana White revealed that the winner of the UFC 249 main event is going to get the next lightweight title shot against Khabib Nurmagomedov, which instantly rules out Conor McGregor from the list. “Everybody felt that if Conor was going to get a shot at Khabib that actually Gaethje should get it before Conor. I mean it couldn’t have worked out any better. You get Gaethje vs Tony. It’s the fight that makes sense. It’s two of the top guys in the world. Khabib is out so the winner (Tony Ferguson vs Justin Gaethje) will face Khabib.” said UFC President Dana White.
After Khabib Nurmagomedov’s departure from the UFC 249 fight card, numerous fighters expressed their interest in replacing him opposite Tony Ferguson. Needless to say, Conor McGregor was one of them. Conor’s head coach John Kavanagh took to Twitter and went on to hint a potential matchup between Conor McGregor and Tony Ferguson. However, he later billed it as an ‘April Fool’s' prank and refuted all rumours about Conor McGregor possibly lighting up the main event of UFC 249.