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Published: 18:48 | 8/7/18

White: McGregor fight talks on hold

Dana White has admitted that he isn't thinking about what is next for Conor McGregor in the octagon.

McGregor's coach John Kavanagh had stated recently that Mystic Mac was in negotiations to fight for the lightweight title with current strap holder Khabib Nurmagomedov of Russia.

But the UFC president has moved to quash those rumours before they begin to gather momentum. With White stating that until McGregor's legal case for criminal mischief, assault, menacing and reckless endangerment is dealt with, he won't be considered for  a UFC event, with the case due to be heard in New York on 26 July.

"I’m not even thinking about Conor until then - I'm serious," White said in a post-UFC 226 press conference at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

"I know they're saying there are talks, but we're not talking about a fight right now.

"Conor has to get through July. Whatever's going to happen to him in July, we'll figure that out. I don't know what's going to happen.

"Is he going to get fined? Is he going to be on probation? Is he going to get this, that? 

"When that's over with, then we'll start talking about him fighting."

McGregor hasn't fought in the UFC since November 2016, when he became the sport's first dual-champion in both the lightweight and featherweight divisions. Since then he has been stripped of those titles and fought Floyd Mayweather in the most lucrative boxing match of all time, an exhibition fight, which he lost. The recent criminal charges made against him came about when he attacked a UFC bus and its occupants at the UFC 223 media day.

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