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Conor McGregor could fight at UFC 219 — Dana White

Conor McGregor could fight at UFC 219 — Dana White

Former UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre became the UFC's middleweight champion Saturday night at Madison Square Garden, ending a four-year layoff to defeat then-titleholder Michael Bisping. "I'm getting into boxing with [new UFC owner and WME-IMG head] Ari [Emanuel] and the UFC will be doing boxing, too".

White has been the leading figure of mixed martial arts since buying the Ultimate Fighting Championship alongside majority shareholder Lorenzo Fertita for $2m in 2001. White realizes that there is plenty a work ahead to make a UFC boxing venture a reality.

If GSP were to vacate his title, Whittaker, the No. 1 contender, could be crowned the default new champion.

If the promotion cannot finalise a deal for that date then the Notorious will likely return at their next pay-per-view in 'Sin City' on March 3. Boxing is also undergoing a renaissance comeback year in 2017. So when rumors we've been hearing for weeks start to bubble to the surface, the Rumor Mill needs to kick started and fired up. "So what the hell, why not give it a shot".

'I'm in the forever money stage now.

The clash with Ortiz understandably never came to fruition but the point is that White does have an appreciation for boxing and he believes the UFC model could benefit young up-and-coming boxers. I think it did kick in a little bit quicker than usual. White eventually became an MMA manager before joining best friends and casino heirs Lorenzo and Frank Fertitta - owners of parent company Zuffa, LLC - in their 2001 purchase of UFC.

As much as we'd love to see the McGregor-Diaz trilogy completed next, McGregor is nearly certain to face interim lightweight champions Tony Ferguson in his next bout.

"I just know how good we are at what we do", White said.

With Cris Cyborg teasing a move to boxing, a fight with Holly Holm may be off the table. It doesn't have the buzz and it doesn't have the interest that it had.