Paul Williams: Conor McGregor's perilous situation should not be underestimated

Paul Williams: Conor McGregor's perilous situation should not be underestimated

McGregor has been in the news often since his boxing debut and loss to Floyd Mayweather Jr. on August 26.

According to Mike Mazzulli, head of the Association of Boxing Commissions [ABC], who was in attendance on the night, the UFC chose to punish McGregor for the incident and remove him from the plans for UFC 219, which will now be headlined by the bout between Cris Cyborg and Holly Holm.

"The guy's got a f--ing $100 million", White said, adding, "And fighting is the worst".

Jose Aldo and Tony Ferguson have both been vocal about wanting the UFC to put pressure on McGregor to either defend his title or vacate because it's been nearly two years since he knocked Aldo out for the featherweight championship.

"Conor might never fight again", White told reporters during a media luncheon Tuesday at UFC headquarters. "Just because he's a lighter weight, he would have to have a whole lot of different types of moves in order for it to make sense for him to get in there and be able to wrestle the bigger guys". If this were true, I just have to believe it would be off-the-charts insane. "If Conor wants to fight again, we absolutely want Conor to come back". And I think in the next 24-48 hours, I believe that An Garda Síochána will be approaching Conor McGregor and saying to him, 'By the way, we just want to officially inform you that potentially your safety is at risk'.

It seems Conor McGregor's return to the UFC isn't as much of a foregone conclusion as many anticipated.

"He's got a new nutritionist and is having way less problems with his weight now, he is in the 170s now".

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GETTYDana White admits Conor Mc Gregor may never fight again

"These people do not care who Conor McGregor is, what he stands for, how powerful he is - they will drag him down into the cesspit". "But if Conor walks away and doesn't ever want to fight again, it's part of the game".

"Why he don't slap me when we go very close like UFC 205?"

According to sources in Ireland and the UK, McGregor got into a pub fight with Irish mafia figures who are seeking retribution.

"Money changes everything", White said. "When you make that kind of money and you're that famous, you're going to have an overload of cling-ons".

With McGregor out of the picture earlier this year, Ferguson won the interim belt by defeating fellow contender Kevin Lee at UFC 216 in October, then demanded that the Dubliner "defend or vacate" his undisputed crown.

And so, White continues to work toward a new deal that hopefully can work for both sides.




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